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The Barron is a part of Youth Core Ministries

 and serves youth in Pratt County! 

For more information and to learn more about YCM please visit

Theater History

Our Mission

Youth Core Ministries has been sharing Jesus and ministering to the youth of Pratt County for over twenty years. Many of the young people in our programs are at-risk youth. Our goal is to surround these young people with the love of God and the support of people who care and share in our mission. This ministry of support surrounds young people and gives them a chance at stability and opportunity for the future which can only serve the community of Pratt in a positive way. The Theatre gives us a venue to minister to even more students in an even wider variety of ways.


Youth Core Ministries' mssion is to forever transform our communities through leading kids to Jesus, connecting them to caring adults and wrapping around families to solve poverty.


YCM seeks to impact rural communities by showing Jesus to kids, families and communities through intentionally transformational relationships and unconditional love through youth ministries, family and community-based programming, drawing alongside them as they move from poverty to plenty and to deeper understanding of their value in the Kingdom of God.


Mr. Barron, A native of Indiana, came to Kansas as the assistant manager and drummer of the Wellington Majestic Theatre orchestra. During the fifteen years in Wellington, he met the daughter of John T. Showalter, and married her in 1906.

They moved to Pratt in 1924 and purchased three frame business houses in the 300 block of the South Main Street as the first step of their dream. The buildings had been occupied by the Gregory Bakery, the Gem Café, and the Anglin Barber Shop. Here they built the Barron Theatre. Now their dream was complete, and Pratt had a beautiful theatre.

The Barron Theater closed in 2013.  In 2016, with the support of major donors, the City of Pratt, the Ministerial Alliance, and other local businesses, Youth Core Ministries purchased the theater.  We revamped the upper theater into a teen room, installed digital projection equipment in the lower theater, and restored the historic marquee. Both teen center and movie theater, YCM intends to keep the theater showing movies, servings our local teens, and remaining an important pillar in the Pratt community. 

Contact The Barron

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For more information please visit

The Barron:

313 South Main St.

Pratt, KS 67124

Events Coordinator:

Jessica Dill, 620-388-3184

Youth Core Ministries Headquarters

211 East Garfield Ave

Greensburg, KS 67054

​(620) 723-2727

Contact us at any time! We are happy to hear from you.

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