The Jayhawk Theatre, an architectural masterpiece and historical gem, was created as a high-tech entertainment center and Topeka’s premiere deluxe movie palace. Situated in the heart of Downtown Topeka, it holds the distinction of being Kansas’ Official State Theatre and is the sole remaining historical theater in the city.

With a fervent group of board members, community leaders, citizens, and supporters at the helm, the Jayhawk’s former splendor will be restored while simultaneously transforming it into an ultimate destination for live entertainment and film screenings. Its renovation not only pays homage to its historical significance but also breathes fresh life and purpose into the iconic structure.

The theater will play an essential role in the revitalization of Downtown Topeka, contributing to its growth, economic development, vibrancy, and quality of life. Though the journey requires ingenuity and unwavering commitment, the dream is achievable, and the time has come to act. The wait is over.

In 1926, the Jayhawk Theatre opened its doors with the mission to showcase the latest advancements in film technology. However, as time passed, the aging structure failed to entice visitors, resulting in its closure in 1974. The theater remained dormant until Rev. Richard Taylor advocated for its revival and full functionality. Through his unwavering dedication and labor, the state Senate acknowledged the theater’s significance in 1993 by naming it the ‘State Theater of Kansas.’

Since then, there have been slow but steady efforts in the 1990s to restore the Jayhawk to its former glory. To join this movement, please visit our Support page and learn how you can contribute to bringing back the splendor of this aging beauty.


Jeff Carson, President

Co-Owner, Gizmo Pictures

John Gonzalez, Secretary

IT/Lead Software Developer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

Jerry Anderson

Retired, CoreFirst Bank & Trust

Scott Gales, AIA, LEED AP

President and Partner, Architect One

Irene Haws

Marketing and Events Coordinator, Fidelity State Bank and Trust

Mark McCallister

Business Development Specialist, Kalos Print Services

Honorable Nancy E. Parrish

District Court Judge

Joe Scranton

Consultant and Owner, Aspera Associates


720 SW Jackson St

Topeka, KS 66603


Historic Jayhawk Theatre