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The Tower Theate is gone. Now in its location is a Burger King.
The Orpheum Theatre originally seated 1,676. 952 seats were on the main floor, 666 were up in the balcony and 58 seats were in boxes on the main floor. The boxes were removed in about the late 1950s.
The seats that are in the mezzanine section of Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre came from Salina’s Vogue Theatre.
The Princess Theater closed in 1926 and was demolished in 1927 to make room for the new Innes Department Store (now the Joan Finney State Office Building).
The theater is called the Louise C. Murdock Theater This link has more information on the history of the Twentieth Century Club especially the history of the Murdock Theater:
Seymour,I have to see if anything of the theater remains. Since it was remodeled so much I doubt it but I will check.
After doing more research the architect for the Orpheum was John Eberson. Harry Weaver was the architect who supervised the construction in Wichita.
The book on the Orpheum Theatre is now available through Amazon.
Here is the link:
Here is a link to images of and from the projection booth in the Orpheum:
Actually the architecture firm of Eberson & Weaver designed the Orpheum Theatre. Harry Weaver came to Wichita to supervise the construction of the Orpheum.
Chuck this link might help:
I don’t know Chuck I will get back to you on that. I know when it opened the Orpheum Office Building was home to doctors, dentists, and on the ground floor a Tilford Drug Store.
For anyone who is interested I am writing a book on the history of the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita Kansas. I will post more information when it gets closer to the release date. I just thought I would let everyone know on here.
Here are some aerial shots of the Orpheum Theatre that I took from atop a Wichita Fire Department ladder fire engine during the 2010 Orpheum Theatre Car Show:
Here are some pictures I took inside the Nomar:
Just saw on the news tonight that they several local citizens are planning on restoring the Nomar. They are trying to open it in a year.
E. M. Dodd was not the builder of the Marple since he died in 1899 according to Emma Dodd’s obituary in the 1928 Wichita Beacon and the Marple was built in 1908.
According to the Wichita Eagle and the Wichita Beacon;
Emma Dodd was the wife of E. M. Dodd a contractor. They came to Wichita in 1884. She owned considerable real estate including downtown business property.
It is now a bar.
Here is a 2007 photo:
It is named the Nomar Theater because it is on North Market Street. It is now vacant.
I think those are store signs. On the northeast corner of First and Broadway a block from the Miller was the Orpheum Theatre. The Orpheum is one of a few surviving theaters in Wichita.
Ted Morris the owner and founder of the Crown Uptown died December 30, 2008. It is truly a loss for the Wichita theater community.
Here is my picture of the Kanopolis Drive-In
Here is my set of Orpheum Theatre pictures I have taken.
Here is a photo of the interior:
Here is a photo of the vestibule floor: