As has been proved in one American city after another, the greatest driver of downtown revitalization is the restoration of a downtown historic theatre. The League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT), working with Americans for the Arts, has calculated the economic impact of a downtown historic theatre in a city the size of Topeka. Specifically, 15.5 full-time equivalent jobs will be created; the total economic impact will be $1,400,000 annually.
But, there is more to like than money. The Jayhawk Theatre, once all its components are completed, will offer a customer - and artist - oriented facility of sophistication, beauty, advanced technology, comfort and adaptability.
The Jayhawk board has assembled a true A-team to accomplish this. Project architect and Topekan Vance Kelley, AIA, principal at TreanorHL architects, is one of the U.S.’s premier historic architects. Kelley oversaw the 14-year rehabilitation of the Kansas Statehouse, among many other projects. We now have concept deisgn plans and are gathering input about exactly "what" we intend to build.
The Jayhawk will present a creative mix of live performances and films. “Let’s see what’s playing at the Jayhawk,” will once again become a rallying cry for the people of Topeka and surrounding communities.