‘We didn’t want downtown Shawnee to be forgotten’ — Historic Aztec Theater opens with fundraising gala

Located at 11119 Johnson Drive, the historic theater closed in 1974. It recently reopened after being restored by three Shawnee natives — brothers Jeff Calkins and Chris Calkins and Bruce Young.

After nearly 50 years of serving downtown Shawnee — followed by nearly 50 more years of standing vacant — the Aztec Theater reopened last weekend with a fundraising gala.

Located at 11119 Johnson Drive, the historic theater closed in 1974. Since then, three Shawnee natives and business owners — brothers Jeff Calkins and Chris Calkins of Calkins Electric and Bruce Young of Young’s Flooring — took over the project to restore the building.