Shawnee's Fine Arts Theater to be Renovated

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Shawnee's Fine Arts Theater to be Renovated

Postby FangKC » Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:05 am

One of the oldest theaters in Kansas — vacant for decades — will be renovated

The new owners of Shawnee's Aztec Theatre — one of the oldest movie theaters in Kansas — plan to bring it back to life, the Shawnee Dispatch reports.

It last saw life as a movie house in 1975, according to Cinema Treasures.


Originally opened in 1927 by Shawnee Mayor Marion Summerour as the Mission Theater, the historic Mission-style building was bought in January by Liam and Marie Tripp.

The Tripps, through their nonprofit Shawnee Fine Arts Foundation, plan to renovate the one-screen theater, 11119 Johnson Drive, with the goal of holding a grand opening in June, the Dispatch reports.



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