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Temple Theatre

2002 Photo from the Bob Meza collection
1009 N Grove
Yates Center KS 66783

Record #8016  
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use: Church
Capacity: 360 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:

Information for this tour was contributed by HC Lower.

The theater was a renovated storefront in the lower floor of an old upstairs opera house. A party by the name of Newbold did a major redevelopment some time in late 1930s, taking in the second floor for a balcony and installing new seating, the latest Brenkert projectors, RCA dual amp sound system and the latest in remote controlled evaporative cooling.

HC Lower and his wife purchased it in late 1949 and in late 1950 made some major changes, redecorating and bringing it up to the time with modern colors and decor.

The theater (and Y/C Drive-In) was sold to a Mr. and Mrs. Davis shortly after the drive-in was built. He passed away within a year, but she continued to operate both theaters for many years before selling and retiring.

Several owners followed, including the City, which used part of the building for a senior center. The City removed the seats from the Temple and sold the building to someone who removed and sold the projection equipment.

Both theaters ceased to operate around 1980. The Victorian facade was removed along with the marquee at that time.

 Photos remain the property of the Member and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Member.

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