Kansas Theatre

221 E. Douglas Avenue,
Wichita, KS 67202

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Silent Era Exterior (1922)

The Kansas Theatre originally opened as a nickelodeon named the Star Theatre. Any other historical info will be greatly appreciated.

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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raybradley
raybradley on December 19, 2006 at 9:03 am

Most likely the old Star Nickelodeon was renamed Kansas Theatre in 1921, as the Star photo looks as if it dates much further back than the 1920’s. Here are vintage images of the Kansas Theatre,
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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on March 18, 2007 at 11:58 pm

The Kansas Theatre began as the Star Theater. It was renamed after a contest in 1921. Building after some remodeling is still standing but is empty.

seymourcox
seymourcox on May 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Keith: Since the building still stands, is there anything left of the theatre auditorium?
Here is a great web site with lots of history on Kansas theatres,
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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on July 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

Seymour,
I have to see if anything of the theater remains. Since it was remodeled so much I doubt it but I will check.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm

No Kansas Theatre listed in the May 15 1974 newspaper.You guys in Wichita, where were the PAWNEE 4 cinemas i see in the paper?

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on April 20, 2012 at 10:53 pm

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

Lyndon
Lyndon on November 30, 2013 at 5:45 am

Here is a before and after picture of the Kansas Theater

Lyndon
Lyndon on December 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Here is a story about the C.C. McCollister family, who worked, owned or managed Wichita theaters including the Star and Kansas.

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