Blair Theatre

104 E. Main Street,
Osborne, KS 67473

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Styles: French Renaissance

Previous Names: Crystal Theatre

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Blair Theatre

The Crystal Theatre first opened in 1908. It had several locations before settling into a large brick building on the northeast corner of 1st Street and E. Main Street in 1920. In March 1929 William ‘Bill’ Blair purchased the Crystal Theatre and he renamed in Blair Theatre. It screened its first sound film in April 1929. It was a cultural center of the community for many years. My mother and father attended movies there and as a child I attended movies there. It was a beautiful structure with a a balcony area.

The Blair Theatre was closed in 1969 and it was demolished in 2001. The last movie I recall seeing there was "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", with Charles Laughton & Maureen O'Hara.

Contributed by Terry Valliant

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Boy,Terry that was a long time ago.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on December 26, 2010 at 11:05 am

THE HUNCHBACK OF NORTE DAME with Maureen O'Hare came out in 1939! Course it could have been a re-release?

Open ~1930-~1955? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Owned by Blair Theater Enterprises 1930-1935.

Need an address, more info and photos.

ElizabethAnn625 on March 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I know it was open in 1956 because I saw “The Rose Tattoo” there when I was 8. My mom and dad saw movies there before I was born and after while they lived there. I know I saw movies there in the summer time when I stayed with my Aunt Maude and Uncle Charlie when I was older. I’m sorry that it had to be demolished. I hate it when beautiful old buildings are torn down.

ChrisCornwell on May 6, 2016 at 1:07 am

I grew up going to movies at he Blair in Osborne. I was born in 61 and it must have been showing movies up until the early 70’s I would say. Anyone have any pics of it?

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