Barron Theatre

313 South Main Street,
Pratt, KS 67124

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rivest266
rivest266 on December 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Article at http://www.pratttribune.com/article/20130709/NEWS/130709399

rivest266
rivest266 on December 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Closed according to http://barrontheatre.com/

kpdennis
kpdennis on October 20, 2009 at 2:33 pm

A previous view of the Barron from 1991 (listed above) was deleted – and a new version of the same photo is now in its place:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 8, 2009 at 11:22 pm

The Barron Theatre opened in 1930. The “From the Boxoffice Files, Twenty Years Ago” feature in the April 15, 1950, issue of the magazine said “The new Barron Theatre, Pratt, Kas., costing $10,000, with 900 seating capacity, opened recently.”

Charles Barron began his exhibition career in 1912, operating the Majestic Theatre at Ponca City, Oklahoma. He began operating theaters in Pratt about 1924, and operated the old Kansas Theatre until it burned in 1939, when he rebuilt that house and continued to operate it and the Barron until late 1943. After selling his Pratt theaters to Commonwealth Amusement Co., he moved to California, though he kept a part interest in the Anthony Theatre at Anthony, Kansas. He died in 1952.

Commonwealth was operating the Barron Theatre when it was renovated in the mid 1960s. Alterations included a drop ceiling and Masonite paneling in the lobby. If the original interior of the theater was as ornate as the facade, I hope not too much damage was done in the remodeling. Maybe it can be restored someday.

There was a theater called the Cozy in Pratt in the 1920s. It is listed in an ad for Reproducto Player Pipe Organs that appeared in the September 18, 1926, issue of The Movie Times. Another Reproducto ad in the November 13 issue listed C.H. Barron as the operator of the Cozy, too. I’m not sure if this was an aka for the Kansas Theatre or not, though both were mentioned in the magazine about the same time (the Kansas was mentioned in the November 20, 1926, issue.)

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 15, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Wow, this is a new one on me.

Really nice exterior design. Definitley above-average.

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 3:03 am

Glad to see this venue is alive and well – because the marquee told a different story in this photo taken circa 1991.
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DonLewis
DonLewis on June 13, 2008 at 7:28 am

A 1999 view of the Barron Theater in Pratt.

brentclarkf
brentclarkf on June 21, 2005 at 1:52 pm

I just visited the Barron last weekend. It has been twinned. In its heyday this was one big beautiful theatre; however, it is a bit awkward now because of its twinning. I’d loved to have seen it in its original state. That being said, it is still a very NICE theatre. Talking to the manager revealed that the Barron has a sister theatre in Anthony, Ks. I don’t know if it’s still there or not. Another really interesting feature is that it still has its orginal popcorn machine in the concession stand. Believe it or not, it’s wooden with a direct line pumping in the hot oil. And, it still makes wonderful popcorn. The Barron grabs your attention as you drive downtown Pratt. You can’t miss it. Nor should you! I’ve got new pix to post a.s.a.p.

brentclarkf
brentclarkf on December 20, 2004 at 12:48 am

This theatre is an eye-catcher. My wife and I have been all over Oklahoma, Kansas, eastern Colorado, and Northern Texas researching old movie theatres and drive-ins. This one’s on our list for this summer. I’ll post as soon as we get to visit it.

William
William on December 5, 2003 at 11:51 am

The Barron Theatre seated 848 people.