Dickenson Theatre

609 N. Washington Street,
Junction City, KS 66441

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Dickenson Theatre

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This theater was located on N. Washington Street, across from the Hotel Bartell, in a building that dated to the 1870’s. It was rebuilt in 1917 opening as the Junction Theatre. In 1928 it became the Uptown Theatre. It was operated by Glen W. Dickenson. It was one of the first movie theatres in Kansas to be equipped for ‘talkies’. It was later renamed Junction Theatre and finally Dickenson Theatre. It was demolished in 1985 and replaced by a surface parking lot.

Contributed by Khnemu

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Khnemu
Khnemu on November 26, 2017 at 8:08 am

From Moving Picture World dated July 14, 1917:

New 1,400-Seat Junction City Theater.

JUNCTION CITY, KAN. — A company of Salina men will build a theater at Junction City, Kan., to cost $30,000. The seating capacity will be about 1,400. The building will be of brick and reinforced concrete. This will no doubt prove a good business venture as Fort Riley, the government training camp, is only a short distance away, and Junction City is an outlet for pleasure and business for the soldiers in training.

Khnemu
Khnemu on November 26, 2017 at 8:38 am

The 1951 Film Daily Yearbook shows a seating capacity of 731 at the Junction Theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm

David and Noelle Soren’s list of know Boller Brothers theaters lists a 1917 project by the Bollers in Junction City, but it is listed as the Columbia Theatre.

The list also includes the Junction Theatre, but that is listed as a later aka for the Uptown Theatre that opened in 1928. It also lists Dickinson as another aka for the Uptown/Junction.

I’ve been unable to find an address for the Columbia Theatre, but the September 1, 1919, Daily Union has an ad for the house which includes a drawing (here, but I don’t have an account with Newspapers.com, so it isn’t enlarged.) Wherever it was, it looks like it was a corner location.

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