Officials say a fire destroyed a theatre housed in a historic church in Abilene.
No injuries were reported after the fire Wednesday night at the Great Plains Theatre.
Dickinson County Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith said the theatre was a total loss. He says no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The building housing the theater was built in 1881 and served as the First Presbyterian Church for years and was later converted to a live theatre.
Abilene, Kan., has been recognized by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 20 best small towns to visit. The article, titled “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” appears in Smithsonian Magazine’s April issue.
Abilene, which is just east of Salina off of highway 70 and has a population of 6,800, comes in at number 17 and is featured among well-known small towns like Gettysburg, Penn. and Sausalito, Calif.