Sherman Theater

1203 Main Street,
Goodland, KS 67735

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Sherman Theater  Goodland, KS  1989

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The Sherman Theater opened for business on August 2, 1926 and was deemed an instant success.

A four column article in the Goodland News Republic, dated July 29, 1926, gives details on the theater’s decor, seating, curtains, refreshment stand, and copper drinking fountain, which was the focus of the lobby. The theater’s first feature, Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, starred a matinee idol of the day, Harry Langdon, and was, of course, a silent film.

Without warning in 1928, a disastrous fire almost consumed the Sherman Theatre. Undiscovered because of the early hour, the fire managed to burn through the back or east wall of the theatre, collapsing the wall and roof into the alley.

However, the theater was eventually restored and has had a successful run as a movie house. By 1941 through to at least 1950, it was operated by Commonwealth Amusement.

Contributed by Paul Salley

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dorian
dorian on November 28, 2001 at 11:22 pm

hello my name is dorian lewis i am a 14 year old boy who likes to act i have been in a few plays and i enjoy it but since i’ve left newport i can not attend the meetings in newport i am writeing to ask if there are any youth groups that i would be able to join if there are please get back to me thanks i will bring information about me and how i act i also have other interests for example lighting setting sound dance a singing i would like to be able to be joined in to every thing and hope to get a good career thanks dorian lewis

if you would like to find out more about me please ring the dolman theatre newport

William
William on December 5, 2003 at 7:25 am

The Sherman Theatre seated 737 people.

kuhlbrz
kuhlbrz on July 23, 2008 at 8:17 pm

The Sherman Theatre in Goodland KS is a great theatre. As a kid in the 1970s, during the summer we could get in to the show for a minimal cost plus a comic strip from the newspaper. That would get you a hotdog, popcorn and drink. Prior to the show the staff would entertain the kids with contests, prizes and stories on the stage in front of the screen. It was great and the place was always packed. Pippi Longstocking was a favorite. I hope the theatre continues to hold memories for those still visit.
Jennifer Kuhlman-Brown

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 24, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Is the false front still there? Next time I drive into western Kansas, I’ll have to check. Here’s the Sherman in 1989:
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