The Peace Memorial Auditorium in Manhattan will stay where it is.
The Manhattan city commission voted three to two in not renovating the auditorium.
The proposal was to turn the theatre into space for the city parks and recreation department.
The auditorium was built in the mid 1950's and is meant to serve as a living memorial for those 101 Riley County soldiers who died in World War Two and to the near 2-thousand-600 veterans who served.
Advocates say they hope their hard work had a part in saving the auditorium.
The three to two vote gives commissioners a chance to go back to the drawing board and explore other options.