108 W. 8th Street,
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Previously operated by: Fox Theatres (Reading, PA)
Previous Names: Electric Theatre, Fox Orpheum Theatre
This is a very rare theatre in Topeka, KS that has pretty much been buried with the passage of time. I found a bit of information on it at the public library.
Built prior to 1915, it was located downtown at 108 W. 8th Street, two blocks west of the Dickinson Theatre, a block south of the Jayhawk Theatre, and three to four blocks south of the Grand Theatre. It originally seated 1,700, and functioned as movies and vaudeville. It was renovated in 1948.
A couple of tidbits about its history: out of the four big theatres downtown (including the Jayhawk Theatre, Grand Theatre, and Dickinson Theatre), this theatre was the last of them to get sound equipment for “talkies”, but it was the first to show 3-D movies. By the 1950’s or so, advertisements would dub this theatre as the “cool Orpheum”.
This theatre would stand for 50 years, and would be demolished in 1965 in order to make room for a high-rise bank building and parking garage, which still remain.
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