Chief Theater

122 E. Main Street,
Coldwater, KS 67029

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Architects: Paul E. Gossett

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Gossett Theater

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 620.582.2705

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Chief Theater

The Chief Theater radiates a nostalgic charm from the days of silent movies, newsreels, and nickelodeons. In its prime, the Chief Theater featured movies every night of the week, weekend matinees, and was frequently filled to its seating capacity of 300 people.

In the late-1940’s the theater was decorated in a Native American theme with colorful murals in the lobby and auditorium which have been preserved to this day.

It was operated and restored by the Chamber of Commerce, the Chief Theater featured current release movies every weekend, projected by a new state-of-the-art projection system. It had closed by 2021.

Contributed by Paul Salley

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

kencmcintyre on September 14, 2006 at 10:20 am

Also known as the Gossett and listed on the National Register:

Chief Theater (added 2005 – Building – #05000010)
Also known as Gossett Theater
122 E. Main St., Coldwater
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Gossett, Paul E., Howard, Thomas H.
Architectural Style: Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements, Other
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

kpdennis on September 10, 2015 at 8:23 pm

New pictures in the photos section. Looks like a new paint job for the marquee between the 2007 photo and the 2015 shots.

MichaelKilgore on May 7, 2021 at 7:59 pm

According to the March 26, 1952 issue of Variety, that’s about when Sol Frank sold the Chief as part of a deal to buy the Hillcrest Drive-In in Beatrice NE.

rivest266 on December 20, 2021 at 8:46 am

Appears to be closed as showtimes are nowhere to be seen.

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