195 E. Jefferson Street,
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Architects: I.A. Zakryzewski
Styles: Quonset Hut
The Ken Theatre was one of the first movie theatres to utilize Quonset prefabricated materials in its construction. Built in 1947, from ground breaking to opening day was 12 weeks. Cost was $27,000.00. The Ken Theatre opened on September 19, 1947.
The long narrow auditorium had a vaulted ceiling. A nicely draped semi-circular proscenium framed a tiny stage. Otherwise the interior was quite plain.
The low-ceilinged dog-legged lobby led into the auditorium. Exterior decoration was limited to the lobby facade in maroon, yellow and ivory Kolorite (a structural glass product) and a tiny 2-sided letterboard and neon sign.
The architect was I. A. Zakryzewski.
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