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Keith Wondra commented about Twilight Theatre on May 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm

The Twilight Theatre is being rebuilt. Image of the construction from the 5th anniversary of the Greensburg tornado: http://www.flickr.com/photos/historian77/7146937779/

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Keith Wondra commented about Nomar Theatre on Apr 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Kewpie, 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.

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Keith Wondra commented about Kansas Theatre on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Kewpie, The Kansas Theater was at 221 E. Douglas.

Mike, 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

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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on Apr 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Mike, 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.

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Keith Wondra commented about Jayhawk State Theatre of Kansas on Apr 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm

New link: http://jayhawktheatre.com/

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Keith Wondra commented about Tower Theater on Apr 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

The Tower Theate is gone. Now in its location is a Burger King.

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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on Sep 23, 2011 at 12:28 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 12:43 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 2:22 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 11:32 am

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 10:42 am

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 7:04 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 9:59 am

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 20, 2010 at 9:31 pm

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 12, 2010 at 9:17 pm

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 8:24 pm

Chuck this link might help:
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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on May 4, 2010 at 8:22 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 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm

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 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm

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 3:24 pm

Here are some pictures I took inside the Nomar:
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Keith Wondra commented about Nomar Theatre on May 18, 2009 at 9:32 pm

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 Vogue Art Theater on Mar 10, 2009 at 2:26 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 Vogue Art Theater on Mar 10, 2009 at 2:23 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 Vogue Art Theater on Mar 10, 2009 at 2:14 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 1:56 pm

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