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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on Sep 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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.

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Keith Wondra commented about Vogue Theatre on Sep 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm

The seats that are in the mezzanine section of Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre came from Salina’s Vogue Theatre.

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Keith Wondra commented about Princess Theatre on Jul 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

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).

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Keith Wondra commented about Louis C. Murdock Theatre on Jul 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

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: http://www.kshs.org/resource/national_register/nominationsNRDB/Sedgwick_20CenturyClubSR.pdf

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Keith Wondra commented about Kansas Theatre on Jul 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Seymour,
I have to see if anything of the theater remains. Since it was remodeled so much I doubt it but I will check.

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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on May 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm

After doing more research the architect for the Orpheum was John Eberson. Harry Weaver was the architect who supervised the construction in Wichita.

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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on Dec 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm

The book on the Orpheum Theatre is now available through Amazon.
Here is the link:
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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on Oct 21, 2010 at 12:31 am

Here is a link to images of and from the projection booth in the Orpheum:
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Enjoy.

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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on May 13, 2010 at 12:17 am

Actually the architecture firm of Eberson & Weaver designed the Orpheum Theatre. Harry Weaver came to Wichita to supervise the construction of the Orpheum.

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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on May 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Chuck this link might help:
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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on May 4, 2010 at 11:22 pm

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.

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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on May 4, 2010 at 1:04 am

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.

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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on May 4, 2010 at 1:03 am

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:
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Keith Wondra commented about Nomar Theatre on Jun 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Here are some pictures I took inside the Nomar:
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Keith Wondra commented about Nomar Theatre on May 19, 2009 at 12:32 am

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.

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Keith Wondra commented about Marple Theater on Mar 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm

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.

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Keith Wondra commented about Marple Theater on Mar 10, 2009 at 5:23 pm

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.

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Keith Wondra commented about Marple Theater on Mar 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm

It is now a bar.
Here is a 2007 photo:
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Keith Wondra commented about Nomar Theatre on Mar 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm

It is named the Nomar Theater because it is on North Market Street. It is now vacant.

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Keith Wondra commented about Miller Theater on Mar 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Miss Melba,
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.

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Keith Wondra commented about Crown Uptown Theatre on Jan 6, 2009 at 12:28 am

Ted Morris the owner and founder of the Crown Uptown died December 30, 2008. It is truly a loss for the Wichita theater community.
http://www.kansas.com/news/story/648503.html

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Keith Wondra commented about Kanopolis Drive-In on Mar 27, 2008 at 12:48 am

Here is my picture of the Kanopolis Drive-In
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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on Oct 21, 2007 at 12:43 am

Here is my set of Orpheum Theatre pictures I have taken.
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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on May 1, 2007 at 12:22 pm

Here is a photo of the interior:
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Here is a photo of the vestibule floor:
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Keith Wondra commented about Gage 4 Theaters on Apr 22, 2007 at 2:13 pm

It is now Jul’s Grill Room & Cocktail Club.
Here is there website: http://www.julstopeka.com/index.html