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Spring 2012

Greensburg Invents a New Community Gathering Place

Imagine a community gathering place that opens it doors to a high school one-act play festival on a live-performance stage on one day and entertains an audience with a first-run movie in TXH surround sound the next. Better still, imagine the same scenario followed by a "Recovery Summit" including emergency planning personnel, FEMA experts, and Greensburg recovery panelists – streamed live from a broadcast-ready conference and convention center. You have just imagined the new Twilight Theatre and Community Auditorium in Greensburg, KS.

Serving the community since 1917, the Twilight Theatre reinvented itself from an old-style opera house to vaudeville stage and then to a movie theater over the years. Before the 2007 tornado destroyed the original building, its art-deco lighting and tin-tile ceilings welcomed generations of Southwest Kansas children to Christmas matinees complete with Santa handing out gifts donated by local businesses. The Twilight also played host to the Wilmore Opry, Halloween costume parties, community concerts and speakers - all while entertaining movie-goers of all ages with everything from beach party comedies and romance films to thrillers and action adventures. Families enjoyed an inexpensive outing with popcorn and cotton candy as treats.

And now, the walls are going up on the new Twilight Theatre & Community Auditorium. This time it will invent a new form of community space for entertaining, performing, learning, viewing, communicating, and engaging. This time, it will create a new community gathering space using state-of-the-art technologies to share Greensburg, KS, with the world and to bring the world to Greensburg. Want to play a part in the creation of this amazing new phenomenon? Your tax deductible donations may be sent to The Twilight Theatre, 200 South Main Street, Greensburg, KS 67054. For more information, email Kim at
Smell the popcorn? It's Twilight time.


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