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Nova Theatre

Address: 517 Main
Stockton, KS 67669
Telephone Number: 785.425.6007


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After sitting vacant since 1974, the Nova Theatre in Stockton was brought back to life beginning in 1997 by an energetic group of local residents determined to restore the building to its former glory.  The theatre officially reopened in late 2001 and has seen more than 40,000 people pass through the front doors to view well over 1,000 movies, plays and concerts.  At the beginning of 2010, the theatre was upgraded to digital projection to keep up with current movies. 

The Nova first opened in 1932, providing the residents of Stockton and Rooks County a place to view glamorous stars, thrilling chases, and good guys always winning in the end.  Today the Nova Theatre not only serves as a movie theatre, but also as a grand stage for concerts, plays, dinner theaters, and other presentations and special events.  Top-notch performances of varying interests are booked several times a year.  Some of the performers who have graced the Nova stage are the Liverpool Legends (a Beatles Tribute band), Billy Chrastil (Elvis impersonator), Doug Gabriel, the Faris Family, Terry Fator (now a big-ticket performer in Las Vegas), the Diamonds, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, just to name a few of our favorites.

The Nova, which generally shows movies on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday matinees, is operated entirely by volunteers.  Since its initial reopening, volunteer managers, ticket takers, concession workers and projectionists have donated thousands of hours to theatre operations. 
Recent improvements have brought the Nova into the digital and 3-D age.  These improvements also make it possible to view DVDs and game systems.  Individuals and groups are able to rent the theatre and bring in their own DVD to watch it on the big screen, or plan a "game night" with their X-Box, Playstation or Wii games!


contact info
Roger Hrabe, Director of Rooks County Economic Development
115 N. Walnut
Stockton, KS 67669
Phone: 785.425.6881
Fax: 785.425.6881
Chamber of Commerce
410 Main St.
Stockton, KS 67669
Phone: 785.415-2081
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