Sunset Theater

1407 East Harry Street,
Wichita, KS 67211

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2013 at 6:25 am

The Boxoffice article Tinseltoes linked to says that Ted Mason, not George Mason, was the architect of the Sunset Theatre. The Internet provides several references to a Ted Mason who was practicing architecture in Wichita in the 1950s, but I can’t find any references at all to a Kansas architect named George Mason (except this page, of course.) Boxoffice probably got the name right.

kwilkin1962
kwilkin1962 on September 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

The Sunset opened on December 25, 1951. It’s first showing was a western called “Slaughter Trail”.

kwilkin1962
kwilkin1962 on January 13, 2013 at 10:36 am

I have a great aunt that lived for decades in a house next to the parking lot behind the Sunset. When I was a kid playing outside her house I could see the marquee and remember seeing titles like “Funny Girl” and “Paint Your Wagon”. I only wished I had seen a movie there before it closed.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 9, 2012 at 5:05 am

Described in this 1953 trade article: boxoffice

rwconsp
rwconsp on February 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

It is not demolished. It’s at 1407 E. Harry, and has been turned into a banquet hall, though it looks like they’ve preserved some intersting parts inside. According to this, it closed in 1968. I only recall seeing one movie there as a small child – ‘Dr. Zhivago’ in 1965. As I recall, it was a pretty swanky place at the time, but it’s a pretty lousy neighborhood now.

http://www.sunsetbanquethall.com/about_us.html

seymourcox
seymourcox on May 24, 2009 at 9:52 am

The Sunset and Southern were similar in design.
Wonder it the same architect designed both houses? This link has lots of photos of historic Kansas theatres,
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