Nomar Theatre

2141 N. Market Street,
Wichita, KS 67214

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Nomar Theatre

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This theatre opened on April 3, 1929 on the 2100 block of North Market. My father purchased the property in the 1980’s and used the space for a furniture warehouse. It is now semi empty and I am trying to get him to restore it for a film house and playhouse.

If anyone has any information on this theatre it would be most appreciated.

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oldphoto on July 17, 2007 at 9:26 am

I have a picture of the Nomar from the mid 40’s. It shows the front facade and part of an adjacent grocery store.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on March 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm

It is named the Nomar Theater because it is on North Market Street. It is now vacant.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 19, 2009 at 12:32 am

Just saw on the news tonight that they several local citizens are planning on restoring the Nomar. They are trying to open it in a year.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Here are some pictures I took inside the Nomar:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Great pictures GUYS.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on April 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.

Lyndon on December 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Here is a story about the Nomar.

Lyndon on November 11, 2014 at 6:37 am

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum posted a photo of the Nomar Theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

The Film Daily, January 23, 1929:

“Contract Awarded for Wichita House Wichita, Kan. — Blaser-Volhner Construction Co. has been awarded the contract for the construction of a theater at North Market St. to be erected by the Stockman-Hartman Theater Co. according to plans drawn by Boller Bros, of Kansas City.”
Over the next few weeks, brief items about the project were published in which the projected cost of the house went from $75,000 to $125,000 and finally $150,000. A brief notice in the April 29 issue said that the Nomar had opened.

The house was equipped for sound, which might have been responsible for part of the escalating costs, though the Daily’s final estimate was a bit exaggerated if the item about the opening which appeared in The Motion Picture News of April 20 was correct:

“A capacity crowd attended the formal opening of the new Nomar Theatre, Wichita, Kans., last Wednesday night. The theatre, which is owned by the Stockman-Hartman Theatre Company, has a seating capacity of 800 and has a sound picture policy. The cost of the house was $125,000.”
In 1931, Hartman sold the Nomar to the Hughes-Franklin circuit. The house had become part of C. C. McCollister’s local chain of theaters by January, 1935.

Dave_Johnson on January 14, 2015 at 1:24 am

When I was stationed at McConnell AFB in 1971 the theater was used to showcase local bands such as Crank. It was a favorite hangout for the local hippie community. If anyone remembers the guy with glasses who use to sit on the sidewalk wearing a fringe buckskin jacket-that was me.

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