STRONG CITY, KANSAS

Built as an opera house, and later converted into a movie theater (The Uptown), this beautiful stone structure is beginning its long-awaited restoration. Please join in the great adventure!


 

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….And So It Begins!

August 21, 2017 21 Comments

In 1900, construction began on a large stone building in Strong City, Kansas. Carved into stone above the main entrance: 1900 Auditorium. The building was used initially as an opera house, and in the 1920s it was converted to show new-fangled moving pictures. Yes, actual moving pictures! Imagine! In 1931, the theater was re-named The…

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A Colorful Question!

September 12, 2017 40 Comments

    Carved into stone above the main entrance of the building is 1900 AUDITORIUM. But the building, also known as the Opera House, was later converted into a movie house, and renamed the Uptown (in, it seems, the 1930s). A neon sign was installed and for many decades its magically lighted presence beckoned moviegoers.…

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An Exciting Discovery!

October 7, 2017 13 Comments

Yesterday, I was having lunch at Ad Astra in Strong City. Marilyn McComber stopped by and said: “I have something for you that you are going to LOVE!” I replied: “A million dollars?” “Even better!” And she handed me an envelope. Better than a million dollars? I opened the envelope, pulled something out…and shrieked! It…

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Our New GO FUND ME!

October 9, 2017 1 Comment

The Strong City Preservation Alliance now has a GO FUND ME account to help restore the 1900 Theater! If you would like to help, just click on the DONATE button at the op of this page, or click on the GO FUND ME icon at the bottom of the page! Now that the roof has…

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The Neon Sign Begins Its Journey!

October 16, 2017 5 Comments

About a decade ago the neon UPTOWN sign was taken down, and it has been stored ever since in a city-owned building. It was high up and hard to see in storage. But today it was brought down to ground level!         From what we can tell, the sign was black with…

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Introducing the New 1931 Uptown Theater!

October 16, 2017 7 Comments

It has been something of a mystery when the 1900 Auditorium was renamed the UPTOWN theater. This week, Tom Thompson solve this mystery!                        

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Exploring the Ruins

October 18, 2017 6 Comments

In 2000, the roof of the 1900 theater suffered a partial collapse, then total collapse. Almost the entire interior was destroyed by this catastrophe. A successful application to the Kansas Heritage Trust Fund enabled a new roof to be installed. Then, the destroyed interior, which had been rained on for years, was scooped out. But…

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The Lost Auditorium

October 18, 2017 11 Comments

In 2000, the roof of the 1900 theater suffered a partial collapse, then total collapse. Almost the entire interior was destroyed by this catastrophe. A successful application to the Kansas Heritage Trust Fund enabled a new roof to be installed. Then, the destroyed interior, which had been rained on for years, was scooped out. The…

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