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The Twilight Theatre is being rebuilt. Image of the construction from the 5th anniversary of the Greensburg tornado:
They are trying to get the money raised to restore this theater. I am really hoping I can see both the Nomar and the Orpheum restored. Having both of them restored will increase Wichita’s quality of life.
The Kansas Theater was at 221 E. Douglas.
The Pawnee 4 Cinemas was in the Pawnee Plaza Shopping Center on the SE corner of Pawnee and Broadway. The Pawnee 4 Cinemas closed in 2000. Wal-Mart built a store in the mall in 1987. In 2004 the mall was torn down to make way for a Wal-Mart Supercenter
The Voque Art Theater was originally the Marple Theater at 417 E. Douglas.
The Westway Cinema was at 2515 S. Seneca in the Westway Shopping Center.
Are you sure you don’t mean the Victory Theater. I can not find any information on a Victory Drive-In in Wichita.
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.