LASR.net Homepage




Menu

The Columbian Theatre, Museum and Art Center


category : Theatres
The Columbian Theatre, Museum and Art Center The story of The Columbian began over one hundred years ago. J.C. Rogers, a Wamego banker, visited the Chicago World's Fair, the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. He was astonished at the beauty and scope of the event, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the new world.

The Glorious "White City," as the Fair was known, included 200 buildings over 633 acres. It attracted more than 27 million visitors, nearly half of America's population, in the six months it was open. Its spectacular architecture, elaborate waterways and fabulous exhibits inspired Frank Baum to create the "EmeraldCity" of Oz.

At the close of the Fair, Rogers brought paintings and other artifacts back to Wamego to adorn his fine new theatre, which he named The Columbian. Billed as "The Place of Good Amusements," it was the place for vaudeville, drama, masque balls, concerts, and community events. In 1912 silent film graced The Columbian, followed by "talkies" in 1929.

America emerged from WWII changed. A new mobility arrived and with it many small town institutions closed their doors. In 1950, The Columbian closed and was dark for over 40 years. Today, a $1.8 million renovation has restored the building to a new level of elegance as a home for the arts. Today the renovated facility includes not only a performing theatre but also a spacious gallery on the first floor. Come see live local theatre and artwork in this historic building!


Hours: The Columbian Theatre, Museum and Art Center is open 7 days a week, closed holidays.
Individual and group tours are available.
Address: 521 Lincoln Avenue
Phone: 785-456-2029
Our Website:www.columbiantheatre.com
For reservations for group tours, or information about regional tours, catered group luncheons, special event facility rentals, gallery and theatre ticket information call 1-800-899-1893, or visit our web site.

Come visit us in Wamego, Kansas

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Wamego Historical Museum & Prarie Town Village

Located in City Park, the Wamego Historical Museum & Historic Prairie Town Village includes the museum, a restored one-room schoolhouse,general store, Wamego Telephone Exchange building, a log cabin, jail and Schonoff Dutch Mill. In 1973

Wamego, KS Museums

Oregon Trail Nature Park

A monumental silo mural painting has been created by local artist Cindy Martin. The park offers hiking trails, picnic tables, a shelter house and panoramic views of the Kansas River Valley.

Wamego, KS Arts

Wamego City Park

Wamego City Park is a beautiful 12-acre park that was rated one of the best in Kansas. The Wamego Historical Museum and Prairie Town Village, Schonoff Dutch Mill, minature children'

Wamego, KS Park

The Leach House

Built around 1890 by Louis B. Leach, a prominent early- day businessman, the house was made from memory to look like a Villa in the Suburbs of Messina, on the island of Sicily. Restoration and reconstruction of the Leach House was started in the spring of 1987

Wamego, KS Historic Buildings

The Columbian Theatre, Museum and Art Center

The story of The Columbian began over one hundred years ago. J.C. Rogers, a Wamego banker, visited the Chicago World's Fair, the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. He was astonished at the beauty and scope of the event, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the new world.

<

Wamego, KS Theatres

Things to do Theatres near Wamego, KS

Rex Theatre

The historic combination house theatre, circa 1912, will provide a home for the North Central Kansas Community Chamber Orches...