Awesome changes are underway at the Jayhawk! Building enhancements, virtual programming, student STEAM-based field trips (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and MORE ALL HAPPENS because of amazing volunteers and YOUR generous support!

Your donation today supports:

– The Jayhawk Theatre and development of Jayhawk Theatre LIVE! virtual, live-stream technology –
– Diverse and vibrant virtual programming –
– Getting our local, professional and up-and-coming artists BACK ON STAGE! –

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!

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