Crest Theater

1905 Lakin Avenue,
Great Bend, KS 67530

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Crest Theater - Great Bend (Official)

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.

Architects: Robert O. Boller

Firms: Boller & Lusk

Functions: Live Performances

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 620.792.4228

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Previously at this address had stood the Kansan Theatre, operated by Commonwealth Amusements from at least 1941. The Crest Theater opened on November 9, 1950, and was operated by Commonwealth Amusement Corp. Seating was provided for 985 in orchestra and balcony levels.

This former movie theater was renovated for use as a community theater by the Great Bend Community Theatre. Some of its uses are musical concerts, dance, lectures and seminars. The Crest Theater was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 2005.

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Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

kencmcintyre on September 25, 2007 at 6:21 pm

Here is a June 1960 ad from the Great Bend Daily Tribune:

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 21, 2008 at 8:26 am

A 1996 view of the Crest Theater in Great Bend and a larger view here.

kpdennis on May 1, 2009 at 10:44 am

Detail of the neon and light set up under the marquee of the Crest:
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kpdennis on October 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Thanks Chuck…here’s a photo of the Crest I just replaced, but maybe I had never posted it here before?
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Allan on July 5, 2010 at 12:22 am

What an absolutely gorgeous theatre! Kudos to the town for not letting it slip away.

larrygoldsmith on July 5, 2010 at 1:51 pm


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 20, 2011 at 1:16 am

The NRHP registration form for the Crest Theatre, available here as a PDF, includes several photos of the theater, as well as a detailed description.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on March 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Crest Theatre exterior photo from the Kansas State Historical Society:

Crest Theatre lobby photo from the Kansas State Historical Society:

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