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Images from the Dear Lawrence photo project

July 2012 update: We're once again accepting photos for the Dear Lawrence project. Scroll down to see some of the new additions.

Members of our photography staff, local photographers and all of you are invited to participate in our Dear Lawrence Community photo project. These are some of the great photos we've received so far, but there's still time to participate. Get out your old photos and your cameras and start submitting. You can do it via email to, by posting a photo on our Facebook page wall at, or submitting an image at

During the 1950's my father, JD King was manager of the Commonwealth Theaters in Lawrence (drive-in theater, Granada, Varsity, and Patee). Between Ernst Hardware and the Antique Mall on the 800 hundred block of Mass St. there is empty space where the Patee was. It was built by a lady that was born in Lawrence but went to the east coast where she and her husband started picture theaters . She came back to take care of her step father and built the Patee. My father told me about the Patee and showed my family a picture of it. He said it was gone in 1955. I thought he said by fire but I can not find any evidence to that fact. My daughter Lauren Vanek is holding a picture of the Patee that was showing the new movie, "King Kong" in the 1930s. Stan Schwen (manager of the Patee) and his wife Maisie are standing in front of the theater..


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