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After an extensive remodeling, the new Wichita Theater, designed by Pettigrew and Worley opened on November 29, 1939.
While operated by Plitt Southern Theatres it closed as a movie theater in July 1980. (ad and news in photos)
Reopened April 29, 2016, as Century Square Luxury Cinemas
“The theater was converted from 12 auditoriums to 10 and from 2,300 seats to fewer than 900, in a range of room sizes from 50 seats to 237. It allowed for a larger lobby and concession area that includes a bar, hot foods and cafe seating.”
After an extensive remodeling the theater reopened March 17, 2016, with seating reduced from 1,600 to 680.
The Hutchinson News
On March 15, 1929, the Majestic showed its first Vitaphone talking picture, George Bancroft in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The Daily Times noted that “As a result of the enterprise of Dent Theaters, Inc., Wichita Falls is the only city in the state with a population under 100,000 in which two theaters are equipped with Vitaphone and Movietone, the Strand having had this improvement for several months.”
It’s interesting to note that besides the title, how similar the theme of the 1929 Paramount film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” is to the 2013 version. The press release published in the Daily Times on opening day in 1929 read:
“This film can certainly be described as a powerful and absorbing drama of the ruthless speculator who controls millions of dollars of stocks. He is greedy, uncompromising; loving power and the position his standing in the financial world brings to him. He boasts to his associates that he is a ‘’wolf,’’ with the cunning brain of a fox.” (Ad in photo section)
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According to the Twin Falls Times-News, the current owners, Lisa and Sean Powers, first-time theater operators, opened the Take One Cinema in December of 1997. Seating is 300 (175 and 125).
Reopened by Roadhouse Cinemas on May 13, 2016, as Pavilions at Talking Stick.
This News article from the Wichita Daily Times notes that the Isis Theatre was at 420 Flood Street.
Movie Tavern Central Park moved to a new location (within walking distance) February 25, 2016. Now has 10 screens and an undetermined number of seats.
2204 Airport Freeway
New boxoffice # (817) 768-6414
To be Managed by Tristone Cinema Group.
Los Angeles Times
This Sanborn Map of 1946 (in photos) places the Sparks Theatre at 1330 Victorian Avenue.
This Sanborn Maps of 1925 (in photos) places the Isis Theatre at 1026 Victorian Avenue.
Regency Lido Theatre reopens Friday, April 29.
According to the Sanborn Map of 1927 (In photos), the Saboba Theatre was the third address from the southwest corner of Main and Sheriff. Today that location is 166 E. Main Street, home to the San Jacinto Dental Center.
All of my information was obtained from the Brownfield News on January 19, 1986. It lists a complete history of all Brownfield theaters.
I have added the whole page and then blown up sections, which pertain to the Rio Theatre.
Would that be the Owl Club at 86 Main Street (Lincoln Hwy)?
A movie theatre was listed here on an old 1941 Sanborn Map.
I heard it was once a mining town.
Let me correct myself. The old Krikorian 7 Theatre was closed, but it was never converted.
Currently it is a discount house operated by Interstate Theatres, based in Dallas, Texas.