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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:
It is now Jul’s Grill Room & Cocktail Club.
Here is there website: http://www.julstopeka.com/index.html
Here are the original flickr links.
sign: View link
interior: View link
I just took a tour and found out that they are in the process of going out to local businesses to get money.
Here is a photo of the interior in 2007: View link
Here is a photo of the neon sign that is on top of the Jayhawk Hotel in 2006: View link
The Kansas Theatre began as the Star Theater. It was renamed after a contest in 1921. Building after some remodeling is still standing but is empty.
Here is a recent photo of the State Theatre. View link
Thanks for posting my picture. It is one of my favorites I ever took.
Here is a recent photo of the Orpheum Theatre.
The Crown Uptown is Wichita’s first atmospheric theater. The Orpheum Theatre on 200 N. Broadway is considered pre-atmospheric.
I am doing my Masters Thesis on the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita. I happy to hear some memories of people who worked there and/or visited there. It is currently being restored but it is going slowly. The good news is that it is still open. They air movies and have concerts there.