Augusta Arts Council

Augusta Arts Council The Augusta Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in our area — and operating the 1935 Augusta Historic Theatre.
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The Augusta Theatre was conceived and paid for by D. A. Dave Bisagno and his wife, Aline, who moved to Augusta, Kansas in 1918. Bisagno was a farmer and cattleman who owned much real estate in the community. With the country in the midst of a depression, Dave and Aline spared no expense in giving Augusta a $70,000 movie palace that would become the "architectural centerpiece of the community." Receiving telegrams of support and congratulations from some of the most famous movie stars of all time, Louis Mayer, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Joan Crawford, the Theatre opened on June 19, 1935, showing the feature film Black Sheep to a sold-out crowd. The Augusta Historic Theatre is a two-story art deco, brick and glass building in the center of downtown Augusta. It was one of the first theaters in the world to use neon illumination entirely throughout the interior. The neon lighting and fixtures were designed and built by the Lite Craft-Neon Company of Joplin, Missouri, the first company to introduce neon theater illumination and neon decorations for theater facades. The exterior of the building is covered with individual tiles of opaque Vitrolite glass. Above the decorative neon marquee, the tiles are pale green with an ornamental design in black and silver. The ornamental design was sandblasted and painted on the exterior of the glass. The glass on the upper section of the building was removed in the 1950s or 1960s and covered with a corrugated metal facade. The interior walls are covered throughout with hand-made ornamental plaster designs in black, silver, salmon and green. The entire ceiling of the 633-seat auditorium is covered with individual hand-painted fiberboard panels. Elaborately painted murals cover the north and south walls of the Theatre. Doors, grills, switch plates and other details give the Theatre an Egyptian appearance. Its opulent interior treatments are hallmarks of the movie palaces that were built across America in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1945, new projection and sound equipment was installed in the projection booth - it is still in use today. In 1953, with the advent of 3-D movies, 3-D equipment was installed and the next year, cinema scope and the wide screen came to the Theatre. On November 17, 1985, the last movie was shown under the direction of the Bisagno family. The doors were locked and the curtain came down on an amazing 50 years at the magnificent Augusta Theatre. Four years later, in September 1989, the keys of the Theatre were turned over to the Augusta Arts Council. The Council plans to preserve the building and use it not only as a movie house but also as a community arts center. The Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in October 1999. Of the estimated 5,000 theaters built in the United States prior to 1940, more than 75 percent have either been demolished or adapted for reuse to an extent that precludes their future use as theaters. Nationwide, models show solid evidence that a theater's restoration and active use creates a significant, positive economic impact on the immediate and extended business environment. As the usage of the Theatre continues and grows, the economic benefits increase. And thanks to Dave and Aline Bisagno, Augusta, Kansas is the home to this treasure, the Augusta Theatre . . . truly a travel destination.

The Augusta Theatre was conceived and paid for by D. A. Dave Bisagno and his wife, Aline, who moved to Augusta, Kansas in 1918. Bisagno was a farmer and cattleman who owned much real estate in the community. With the country in the midst of a depression, Dave and Aline spared no expense in giving Augusta a $70,000 movie palace that would become the "architectural centerpiece of the community." Receiving telegrams of support and congratulations from some of the most famous movie stars of all time, Louis Mayer, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Joan Crawford, the Theatre opened on June 19, 1935, showing the feature film Black Sheep to a sold-out crowd. The Augusta Historic Theatre is a two-story art deco, brick and glass building in the center of downtown Augusta. It was one of the first theaters in the world to use neon illumination entirely throughout the interior. The neon lighting and fixtures were designed and built by the Lite Craft-Neon Company of Joplin, Missouri, the first company to introduce neon theater illumination and neon decorations for theater facades. The exterior of the building is covered with individual tiles of opaque Vitrolite glass. Above the decorative neon marquee, the tiles are pale green with an ornamental design in black and silver. The ornamental design was sandblasted and painted on the exterior of the glass. The glass on the upper section of the building was removed in the 1950s or 1960s and covered with a corrugated metal facade. The interior walls are covered throughout with hand-made ornamental plaster designs in black, silver, salmon and green. The entire ceiling of the 633-seat auditorium is covered with individual hand-painted fiberboard panels. Elaborately painted murals cover the north and south walls of the Theatre. Doors, grills, switch plates and other details give the Theatre an Egyptian appearance. Its opulent interior treatments are hallmarks of the movie palaces that were built across America in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1945, new projection and sound equipment was installed in the projection booth - it is still in use today. In 1953, with the advent of 3-D movies, 3-D equipment was installed and the next year, cinema scope and the wide screen came to the Theatre. On November 17, 1985, the last movie was shown under the direction of the Bisagno family. The doors were locked and the curtain came down on an amazing 50 years at the magnificent Augusta Theatre. Four years later, in September 1989, the keys of the Theatre were turned over to the Augusta Arts Council. The Council plans to preserve the building and use it not only as a movie house but also as a community arts center. The Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in October 1999. Of the estimated 5,000 theaters built in the United States prior to 1940, more than 75 percent have either been demolished or adapted for reuse to an extent that precludes their future use as theaters. Nationwide, models show solid evidence that a theater's restoration and active use creates a significant, positive economic impact on the immediate and extended business environment. As the usage of the Theatre continues and grows, the economic benefits increase. And thanks to Dave and Aline Bisagno, Augusta, Kansas is the home to this treasure, the Augusta Theatre . . . truly a travel destination.

Mission: The purpose of the Augusta Arts Council to act as a coordinating, educational and service organization to foster, promote, encourage and increase the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the Arts in Augusta, Kansas and the surrounding areas. It is also the mission of the Augusta Arts Council to preserve the Augusta Historic Theatre and to maintain and enhance its entertainment, historical and architectural value to the community. The Augusta Arts Council is a non-profit organization supported by membership dues, gifts from individuals, businesses, corporations and grants. The Augusta Arts Council operates the Augusta Historic Theatre and the Augusta Fine Arts Centre & Gallery.

Operating as usual

09/03/2020
08/28/2020

Popcorn Friday will return in two weeks! See you Sept 11th!

08/17/2020

We had such a great out-pouring of support we are going to offer popcorn again this Friday! We appreciated every one of you for coming out or pre-ordering popcorn. There were even several who "payed it forward"! What an amazing community we live in! Thank you to all of those who stuck with it and waited for popcorn, we have plans in place so that we won't have the delay's like we did last week. Thank you for supporting your local hometown movie theatre and arts council 🥰🥰🥰

Congratulations Class of 2020!
05/17/2020

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Congratulations to the Augusta High School Class of 2020 as they graduate this weekend in the most unusual of circumstances. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!! #classof2020

03/19/2020
Augusta Historic Theatre

Augusta Historic Theatre

In order to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) we will be closed this weekend March 20-21.

03/13/2020
03/13/2020

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: AUGUSTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY CANCELS THE BUGS BUNNY CLUB

Considering recommendations from the CDC and State Health Officials to refrain from having events with large gatherings, the Augusta Department of Public Safety will be cancelling the remaining three meetings of the Bugs Bunny Club for this year and will resume in March of 2021. The department understands this is a fun, family friendly event, but considering the national situation, the department and city officials feel it is in the best interest of the community to follow the recommendations of health officials.

Thank you Community National Bank & Trust for your support. We appreciate you ❤️❤️❤️
02/21/2020

Thank you Community National Bank & Trust for your support. We appreciate you ❤️❤️❤️

Community National Bank & Trust is proud to help support our Augusta Historic Theatre! Pictured her is CNB&T - Augusta President Eric Grooms presenting a check to Bill Morris Sr and Bill Morris Jr of the Augusta Arts Council.

Join us on February 29th to help support Bob, Jenni, and their family.  #cancersucks
02/11/2020

Join us on February 29th to help support Bob, Jenni, and their family. #cancersucks

Mark your calendars for February 29th. Chicken and Noodle fundraiser dinner for an Amazing Augusta Family! Dine in or Carry out!

From our families to yours
12/25/2019

From our families to yours

Timeline Photos
12/23/2019

Timeline Photos

Augusta Arts Council's cover photo
12/23/2019

Augusta Arts Council's cover photo

12/09/2019
Augusta Historic Theatre

Augusta Historic Theatre

There is so much going on at the theatre this weekend! Are you ready? Bring the kiddos to get a treat and see Santa at the Free Bisagno Family Christmas Movie (showing Cosmic Christmas and Peace on Earth) on Saturday morning at 10 AM. We will have special matinee showings of Frozen II at 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Our evenings won't be complete without a classic movie so come see "Driving Miss Daisy" on Friday or Saturday night at 7:30 PM.

Augusta Historic Theatre
11/30/2019

Augusta Historic Theatre

It's a beautiful day to enjoy with the family! Look at what our amazing local sponsors are giving away at the movie this afternoon! Movie starts at 4:00 PM

11/28/2019
The first class is this weekend! Have you signed up yet?
11/13/2019

The first class is this weekend! Have you signed up yet?

Want to Learn make your own jewelry ? Sign up for Fused Glass Jewelry Classes, taught by Ryan Swayne. Only $30 per person! Each participant leaves with a finished necklace pendant, chain, and earrings!

Join us tonight for one of our favorite John Wayne movies! If you don't want to cook tomorrow night there is still time ...
11/08/2019

Join us tonight for one of our favorite John Wayne movies! If you don't want to cook tomorrow night there is still time to call in today for dinner and a movie!

Purchase your tickets today for a catered dinner by FlutterBye Ranch and followed by John Wayne's "The Searchers". You may purchase tickets through our website at www.augustahistorictheatre.com or call (316) 775-2900.

“In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy on such pictures.” – John Wayne -What is your f...
11/06/2019

“In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy on such pictures.” – John Wayne -

What is your favorite John Wayne quote?

Purchase your tickets today for a catered dinner by FlutterBye Ranch and followed by John Wayne's "The Searchers". You may purchase tickets through our website at www.augustahistorictheatre.com or call (316) 775-2900.

This weekend! We can't wait for the amazing pork chop dinner that FlutterBye Ranch is planning for us! Have you purchase...
11/05/2019

This weekend! We can't wait for the amazing pork chop dinner that FlutterBye Ranch is planning for us! Have you purchased your dinner tickets? Call or email us today :) (316) 775-2900 or [email protected]

Purchase your tickets today for a catered dinner by FlutterBye Ranch and followed by John Wayne's "The Searchers". You may purchase tickets through our website at www.augustahistorictheatre.com or call (316) 775-2900.

Class space is still available! What a fun holiday project for yourself or a special someone.
10/30/2019

Class space is still available! What a fun holiday project for yourself or a special someone.

Want to Learn make your own jewelry ? Sign up for Fused Glass Jewelry Classes, taught by Ryan Swayne. Only $30 per person! Each participant leaves with a finished necklace pendant, chain, and earrings!

Augusta Historic Theatre
10/30/2019

Augusta Historic Theatre

Hmmm...what are you thinking about Maleficent? I'm thinking about watching your movie in Augusta this weekend too!!

Purchase your tickets today for a catered dinner by FlutterBye Ranch and followed by John Wayne's "The Searchers". You m...
10/29/2019

Purchase your tickets today for a catered dinner by FlutterBye Ranch and followed by John Wayne's "The Searchers". You may purchase tickets through our website at www.augustahistorictheatre.com or call (316) 775-2900.

Our annual Dinner with the Duke is coming up quickly! Have you purchased your tickets yet? Just $25/person for a catered...
10/29/2019

Our annual Dinner with the Duke is coming up quickly! Have you purchased your tickets yet? Just $25/person for a catered cowboy dinner and followed by John Wayne's "The Searchers". You may purchase tickets through our website at www.augustahistorictheatre.com or call (316) 775-2900.

Augusta Arts Council's cover photo
10/29/2019

Augusta Arts Council's cover photo

10/28/2019

Thank you to the Augusta Lions Club and Williamson Plumbing for sponsoring the free Trick or Treat Street movie again this year. We always have so much fun with you!

Be sure to go to the Downtown Augusta, Inc page to like a share their post for a chance to win! Then join us at the Augu...
10/24/2019

Be sure to go to the Downtown Augusta, Inc page to like a share their post for a chance to win! Then join us at the Augusta Historic Theatre Saturday morning at 10:00 for the FREE Trick or Treat Street movie!

It's Time for a GIVEAWAY!! We have 14 Chili Teams ready to win your vote! Come downtown THIS Saturday from 11:00 - 1:00 and vote for your favorite! Only $5.00 gets you a tasting kit, a bowl of chili of your choice AND a Hot Dog!
I am giving away 2 free chili kits and meals AND a Kansas Cannons Baseball Tee! To enter - simply like and share this post! A winner will be drawn on Friday at 11:00am!

What a great opportunity to create a personalized gift for yourself or a special person in your life. Call today to get ...
10/23/2019

What a great opportunity to create a personalized gift for yourself or a special person in your life. Call today to get signed up!

Want to Learn make your own jewelry ? Sign up for Fused Glass Jewelry Classes, taught by Ryan Swayne. Only $30 per person! Each participant leaves with a finished necklace pendant, chain, and earrings!

Just in time for the holidays! Create a unique jewelry set for that special someone (or maybe yourself😉)
10/18/2019

Just in time for the holidays! Create a unique jewelry set for that special someone (or maybe yourself😉)

Want to Learn make your own jewelry ? Sign up for Fused Glass Jewelry Classes, taught by Ryan Swayne. Only $30 per person! Each participant leaves with a finished necklace pendant, chain, and earrings!

Augusta Historic Theatre
10/17/2019

Augusta Historic Theatre

Share your funny faces with us 🤪 and join us this Friday and Saturday night for Abominable. Doors open at 7 and movie begins at 7:30!

Augusta Arts Council's cover photo
10/10/2019

Augusta Arts Council's cover photo

Wishing all present and past Orioles a great Homecoming weekend! #TheresNoPlaceLikeHome
09/27/2019

Wishing all present and past Orioles a great Homecoming weekend! #TheresNoPlaceLikeHome

Saving the world and looking good doing it. Come see them this weekend!
09/24/2019

Saving the world and looking good doing it. Come see them this weekend!

09/22/2019

Yay! The power is back on at the theatre! Come on down and see the movie! Thank you City of Augusta crews 😍

Address

527 State St
Augusta, KS
67010

Opening Hours

Friday 19:00 - 21:00
Saturday 19:00 - 21:00
Saturday 13:30 - 16:00

Telephone

(316) 775-3661

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Will there be plans for the space right above the Neon Lights and The Enterance to be restored back to an "original design" or will it be the bland slate we still see today. I think it could be interesting to see some potential ideas with that space, since we have better projector technology it could be something at night, or it could even be painted. I saw a picture of what it originally looked like and was curious about the thought of bringing that space to life somehow.
Way to go Miller's 5! We're ecstatic to have you downtown!
Last night there was a malfunction with the DVD that we have the National Anthem on. I was so proud that everyone in the theater continued to stand and sing on their own. ❤️ We live in such an amazing community! Don't worry I know a repaired DVD is already in the works!
Do you guys know if you're going to get the Incredible 2?
Just had an awesome time at the Historic Augusta Movie Theatre with a theatre full of Rose Hill Winners Circle middle schoolers (most of them in jammies for spirit week). These kids really are winners! We saw "Wonder" which is an amazing story of courage and inclusion. The kids applauded when bullies were defeated, when Auggie was victorious, and especially when kisses were exchanged. 😁 There were plenty of laughs and more than a few tears shed (even by the boys sitting around me). The movie was really great on its own, but it was made all the more delightful by the audience! And if you've never been to the Augusta theatre, you really should go! The manager happily shared the history of the theatre and it was a truly nostalgic experience. "Wonder" is playing this weekend, January 26 and 27.
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Brought my family out today from Haysville to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday. I lived in Augusta briefly as a child in the 80's/90's and remember this theatre. There used to be a Saturday Bugs Bunny club where kids could come see cartoons on the big screen, and there were prizes and games and such. Having not been here for almost 30 years, it was so neat to see how the theater has 'shrunk' from what I remember as a child! Wonderful visit, thanks for hosting!