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Keith Wondra commented about Orpheum Theatre on Dec 12, 2013 at 6:39 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 1:39 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 7:59 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 7:54 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 12:30 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 12:56 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 12:55 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 12:18 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 3:49 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 5:16 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 11:26 am

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 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm

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 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm

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 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm

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 1:18 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 12:54 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 12:44 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 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm

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 Marple Theater on May 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm

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

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Keith Wondra commented about Twilight Theatre on May 5, 2012 at 10:54 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 21, 2012 at 2:04 am

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 21, 2012 at 1:53 am

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 21, 2012 at 1:39 am

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 10:28 pm

New link: http://jayhawktheatre.com/

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Keith Wondra commented about Tower Theater on Apr 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

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