State Theater

418 N. Main Street,
Garden City, KS 67846

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State Theater

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The State Theatre was opened in May 1929. By 1941 and through to at least 1950, it was operated by Commonwealth Amusement.

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BSeagraves
BSeagraves on February 15, 2008 at 4:59 pm

I am the new Arts Director for the Garden City Recreation Commission and along with the Downtown Vision Committee and the City, we are trying to bring the State Theater back to life. I am excited to be a part of the project.

If anyone has information about the Theater’s history, or pictures of it in its glory days, I would love to hear/see/have it. I look forward to working toward the revitalization of the State, but I know its going to take more than a couple agencies to make it happen. It’s going to take the community’s support , time, and money to make it happen. I am excited to be a new part of this community and believe can can have the State operational in no time.

DonLewis
DonLewis on May 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Hello BSeagraves. I have a nice photo of the State from around 1989.
I will email you a copy if you like and will also post it on my flickr site in the near future.

If you want to keep your email address private, you may contact me at

Don..

BSeagraves
BSeagraves on June 19, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Anyone who wishes to email me, feel free:

DonLewis
DonLewis on June 21, 2008 at 11:55 pm

A 1987 view of the State Theater in Garden City here and here.

ria
ria on October 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Hello BSeagraves, I have sent 4 photos to your email address of the State taken in 1950. My father, Jack Veeren, was assistant manager
there at the time. I’d also like to post them on this site, but was not able to. Ria Veeren

DonLewis
DonLewis on October 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Some great photos from 1950s of the State Theater in Garden City on Ria Veeren’s flickr site;
here, here, here and here.

Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 26, 2012 at 12:07 am

Seen Here a photo of the State Theatre I took back in November of 2007. Enjoy..

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Grand reopening described in this 1967 trade article: Boxoffice

prodriguez
prodriguez on October 4, 2013 at 12:31 am

I worked at the State Theater in 1984. My boss was James Drake who was also the city manager. I spent more time at the Drive In theater. I’ll never forget the crusty old guy named Barney. Great Job! Paul R

prodriguez
prodriguez on October 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

Least favorite part of the job was taking the bucket of grease out the front door to Main Street to pour it down the sewer. People would drag Main Street in those days, including yours truly. People would yell at me and throw the occasional beer can.

Best part – watching random parts of the same movie 24 to 28 times in 14 days. My pay – minimum wage of $3.35/hour.

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