Comments from Keith Wondra

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Keith Wondra commented about Corral Theatre on Aug 3, 2015 at 7:05 am

The Yale and the Novelty are two separate theaters. The Yale was at 504 E. Douglas Avenue while the Novelty Theater was at 410 E. Douglas Avenue.

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Keith Wondra commented about Planeview Theatre on Jul 27, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Planeview is a neighborhood in SE Wichita that was built during WWII. It housed aircraft workers thus the name of Planeview not Plainview.

Planeview was one of four neighborhoods built to house all of the aircraft workers that came to Wichita during WWII.

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Keith Wondra commented about Planeview Theatre on Jul 14, 2015 at 5:39 am

It is Planeview not Plainview.

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Keith Wondra commented about Regent Theatre on Jun 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm

The Colonial was renamed the Regent in 1918.

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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on Dec 29, 2014 at 4:08 am

The restoration is far from finished. The auditorium still needs a lot of work.

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Keith Wondra commented about Kansas Theatre on Nov 19, 2014 at 6:21 am

July 12, 1931 image of the Kansas Theater open in defiance of Wichita’s blue laws. http://cdm15942.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15942coll10/id/56

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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on Dec 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Terrywade, The original entrance with the neon marquee is not going away according to the article below. http://www.kansas.com/2013/12/06/3164040/orpheum-theatres-30-million-campaign.html

If you look at the photo provided you will see the back of the neon marquee to the right of the building.

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Keith Wondra commented about Northrock 14 on Apr 29, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Glen Wood Dickinson III,
I am doing my master’s thesis on Wichita theaters from 1900-2000 and I would love to talk to you about Wichita’s Dickinson Theatres.
Thanks,
Keith Wondra

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Keith Wondra commented about Crest Theater on Mar 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Crest Theatre exterior photo from the Kansas State Historical Society: http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/204952/page/1

Crest Theatre lobby photo from the Kansas State Historical Society: http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/204953/page/1

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Keith Wondra commented about Dunbar Theatre on Mar 27, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Below are some photos I took of the Dunbar Theatre with its new marquee. http://www.flickr.com/photos/historian77/sets/72157632695967453/

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Keith Wondra commented about Anthony Theater on Jan 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Below is a link to interior and exterior photos I took of the Anthony Theater. Anthony Theatre – a set on Flickr

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Keith Wondra commented about Fox Theater on Jan 31, 2013 at 5:56 am

Here is a great link on the history of the Fox Theater: Colonial/Fox Theatre

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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on Jan 31, 2013 at 5:55 am

The following link has several images and a lot of historical information on Pittsburg’s Orpheum Theatre: Orpheum Theatre

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Keith Wondra commented about Arcadia Theatre on Jan 31, 2013 at 5:18 am

The Arcadia Theater was torn down in 1965 to make room for the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center

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Keith Wondra commented about West Theatre on Jan 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

O.F. Sullivan opened the West Theater in 1925. He also built the Civic Theater, 81 Drive-In Theater, 54 Drive-In Theater and the Crest Theater. Sullivan also owned the Crawford and Palace Theaters.

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Keith Wondra commented about Cinemas West 4 on Jan 7, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Mike,
The Pawnee 4 and Cinemas West 4 were two individual theaters.

The Pawnee 4 Cinemas was on Pawnee Street in Southwest Wichita. Cinemas West 4 was located near Central & Tyler in northwest Wichita.

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Keith Wondra commented about Palace Theater on Aug 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm

The Palace Theater opened January 17, 1916 with “The Coward,” a Civil War drama and “Fickle Fannie’s Fall,” a comedy. It was Lewis Miller’s second Wichita theater. The Princess Theater was his first and the Miller Theatre was his third. At the time of its opening the Palace was the biggest theater to open in Wichita. The Palace closed in 1961 and was razed 5 years later. It is now a parking lot.

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Keith Wondra commented about West Theatre on Aug 6, 2012 at 4:59 am

Now in the old West Theater building is a cycle parts store and TJ’s Burger House.

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Keith Wondra commented about Victory Theatre on Aug 6, 2012 at 4:55 am

Miss Melba, According to local legend Gypsy Rose Lee did her first routine on the Orpheum Theatre’s stage. Many believe instead of the Orpheum she first did her routine at the old Marple Theater at 417 east Douglas.

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Keith Wondra commented about Victory Theatre on Aug 6, 2012 at 4:52 am

Seymour,
The Victory Theater was originally named the New Theater and was built in 1939. It was renamed the Victory Theater in 1943. It converted to art cinema in 1967. Ten years later it was razed for Naftzger Park.

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Keith Wondra commented about Twin Lakes Theatres 1 & 2 on Aug 5, 2012 at 6:18 am

The Twin Lakes Theaters were never demolished as they were part of the Twin Lakes Mall. The part of the mall where the theater was is still there. It is now offices.

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Keith Wondra commented about Corral Theatre on Aug 5, 2012 at 5:54 am

Chuck, The theater on the south side of Douglas Avenue in the image was the Marple Theater and later known as the Vogue Art Theater. Odd number buildings on are the south part of Douglas with the even numbers being on the north side.

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Keith Wondra commented about Cinemas West 4 on Aug 5, 2012 at 5:44 am

Mike,
What are the names of the theaters? If you don’t mind I will do some research on them and get back to you on what I find out.

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Keith Wondra commented about Mall Cinema on Jun 11, 2012 at 4:28 am

3999 E. Harry is no where near 21st and Amidon. Please update the map to show the correct location.

The building is still there and has been converted into individual store fronts.

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Keith Wondra commented about Vogue Art Theater on May 23, 2012 at 11:11 pm

It is now Fat Tony’s Grill and Sports Bar.