237 N. Main Street
Kingman, Kansas 67068
Phone & Fax: 620.532.1253
Patric and Joan Conner
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The Kingman Theatre was one of the earliest Boller Brother designed theatres, completed in 1920 as a silent movie/vaudeville house. It opened as the Meade Theatre.
The theatre has some unique features. It has a clear span balcony all in wood without any center supports. There are no steel beams and you can feel a slight bounce when you walk around on it.
The Kingman Theatre also has wood floors built over concrete. This was a luxury and very expensive in its day, but the wood helped keep you feet warm and away from the cold concrete.
The decor is not as fancy as some theatres. It was remodeled in the 1930's when the talking movies came
out to the present "Art Deco" look. Mr. Meade improved the sound by covering up the beautifully painted plaster
walls and the plaster ceiling that had curved edges and indirect lighting with coconut fiberboard. Only a little
of the original plaster dental molding is visible at the top of the theatre walls.
The theatre didn't change again until the return of the veterans from WWII who came with their families to the movies.
It was in the 1950's that the current Marquee was added. A final renovation was done around 1995 by Jack and Sue Birdsong.
We, Patric and Joan Conner, purchased the theatre in 1997 and have installed a digital DTS sound system, added stage lighting,
and a new screen. It is one of only a few historic theatres still operating in Kansas on a private basis. We rely on
no outside financing, grants, or City support. It is your patronage that keeps our doors open and keeps our little
historic theatre alive for you, your children,and your children's children to enjoy and experience a bygone era, when
going to the movies was special, really special.