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Kettler Furniture Co.
407-409 N. Broadway

Kettler Furniture & Carpet Co.
- picture from "Do You Remember", The Pittsburg Headlight, no date

The Kettler Furniture & Carpet Co. was established by William Kettler with his son-in-laws, Arthur H. Shafer (husband of daughter Olive K.), Edwin E. Brayman (husband of daughter Ethel B.), and Robert B. Branham (husband of daughter Myrtle) in about 1905. In 1907, Robert Branham left the company and was replaced by Ronald E. Mangrum who had been an employee of the store since it had opened. Mr. Mangrum later became Postmaster of Pittsburg. The building was purchased in 1919 by the Pittsburg Amusement Company and torn down to build the Colonial Theatre, later the Fox Theatre, which opened March 17, 1920. The building north, which was home to Liepman's and later the American Exchange State Bank was also home to Newman's Department Store. It burned down in the 1980's.
After selling his building, Kettler moved his business to a larger 3-story structure at 614-616 N. Broadway. Ironically, on February 8, 1926, The Pittsburg Headlight announced that Kettler had signed a 30-day option for his building to be purchased by The Josephson Amusement Company of Kansas City who wanted spend $100,000 remodeling it into a theatre. Two weeks later it was made official that the J. F. Theater Corporation and purchased the building for $67,000 from Mr. Kettler who began a liquidation of his stock and closing his business.
The new theatre was to built in the "Cathedral Effect" which would have a large cathedral window in the center of the front over the marquee.The front of the building would also be coverred with white terra cotta and include store fronts on either side of the entrance. It would to seat 1,500 people and be completely redone inside with a terrazzo floor and a balcony. It was to have a "cry room" which was something "unique" that other theatres in Pittsburg didn't have. The room was to have plate glass windows on one wall so that the mothers with unruly kids could still watch the movie and not interupt the other theatre goers. A play room was also to be added for small children to be entertained so their parents would be able to watch the movies. Another room would be enclosed as a smoking room for men, also with a wall of glass so they will be able to watch the movie. It was also to have a large pipe organ installed along with the "latest" refrigeration cooling systems.
Unfortunately, this was the last heard of this theatre as the building was never remodeled. It isn't sure why it didn't happen but in September of 1926 the Klock Theatre at 414 N. Broadway was remodeled and reopened as the Midland Theatre. So maybe due to that opening this theatre was abandoned. If anyone knows anthing more about this "proposed theatre" please let me know.

The Colonial/Fox Theatre is currently being restored by the Colonial Fox Foundation.
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