Awesome changes are underway at the Jayhawk! Building enhancements, virtual programming, student STEAM field trips and MORE ALL HAPPENS because of amazing volunteers and YOUR generous support!
YOUR GIFT will be MATCHED 200% as part of our $20,000 *2 (!!) MATCHING GIFT CHALLENGE!

Your gift of $100 becomes $300! Join our “Top 100” with a gift of $1,000. Matched 200% = $3,000!
Thanks to a generous $20,000 * 2 challenge match from The Giving Tree and an Anonymous Arts Patron, your gift makes TRIPLE the difference! Your donation today supports:

– The Jayhawk Theatre and development of Jayhawk Theatre LIVE! –
– Diverse and vibrant virtual programming –
– Local, professional and up-and-coming artists –

Thank YOU for your generous support to help grow a robust arts community & keep entertainment alive!

Coming soon…a fresh, new donated website! (Man, we have the most incredible volunteers!)

P.S. YOUR GIFT today helps leverage additional support. Now, more than ever, your support matters and
TRIPLES thanks to our generous $20,000 * 2 DOUBLE MATCH!

Welcome to the Jayhawk Theatre

In 1925, Topeka businessman E.H. Crosby had a dream: to build Topeka’s first deluxe motion picture palace.

With the passage of time and the availability of other entertainment options, audiences declined, and in 1976, the theater closed…

Today the vision for a vibrant and restored Historic Jayhawk Theatre, reclaiming this rich history, is stronger than ever.

Our Economic Impact

In one American city after another, one of the greatest drivers of downtown revitalization is the restoration of its beloved historic theater. The League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT), working with Americans for the Arts, has calculated the total
economic impact of downtown historic theaters in cities the size of Topeka to be $1,400,000 annually.

Through Jayhawk Theatre LIVE!, the Jayhawk will present a creative mix of live music, performance, comedy, dance and film, and feature a variety of interactive, educational and meaningful community experiences and programming.

Pre-COVID, the Jayhawk was an extremely popular rental venue, regularly hosting: Weddings, Corporate & Legislative Receptions, Holiday, Birthday & Graduation Parties, Class Reunions, Special Events…and More! Together we will get through this, and once again groups both large and small will enjoy the cool vibe, incredible architecture, and
all the Historic Jayhawk Theatre has to offer!

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Historic Jayhawk Theatre, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
720 SW Jackson St. | Topeka, KS 66603 | (785) 221-8970
jeff.carson@jayhawktheatre.org  | Directions