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Varsity Theatre

2005 Photo from the Darren Snow collection.
1015 Massachusetts St
Lawrence KS

Record #879  
 Opened: 1926
 Closed: September 1, 1997
 Current Use: Retail
Capacity: 894 seats
Architect(s): Boller Bros
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Dickinson Theatres, Commonwealth Theatres, United Artists Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.

Built in 1926, this was Lawrence's first theater to have an organ. It was built by local manufacturer Reuter and publicized as a $25,000 instrument -- though in reality it only cost about half that much. Reuter intended the Varsity's organ to be the flagship of its line and the foundation of the company's expansion -- but Reuter would build its last organ before the end of the decade.

After the Varsity was closed by its last operator, a group of investors tried to purchase it and keep it open, but they were outbid by Urban Outfitters, a chain of clothing stores.

The Varsity is now totally gutted, right down to the bricks, but current occupant Urban Outfitters is keeping the flashy facade.

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March 2005 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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Photos from the Lawrence Journal-World collection.

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Last featured 6/16/2005. Last edited 12/31/2016.

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