Wichita Theatre

310 E. Douglas Avenue,
Wichita, KS 67202

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Wichita Theatre, Wichita, Kansas, Auditorium, 1919

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Opened in 1918. This Spanish Renaissance styling has to be from the drawing board of Boller Bros. architectural firm. The Wichita Theatre was operated in the 1940’s by Fox Midwest Amusement Corp. It was still open in 1950 and was demolished in June 1970.

Contributed by J. D. Chapman

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 17, 2006 at 9:39 am

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook;1941 & 1943 editions as having a seating capacity of 1,400. At that time it was being operated by Fox Midwest Amusement Corp.

raybradley on December 19, 2006 at 8:57 am

These web pages contains vintage images of the Wichita Theatre,
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[Deleted] on February 9, 2007 at 8:22 am

The Wichita very likely had a Reproduco to accompany the silent flicks. These instruments combined a piano with three ranks of organ pipes and used player piano-type rolls.

seymourcox on May 24, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Look into this fun link to see hundreds of photos of historic Kansas theatres,
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm

The Moving Picture World of March 15, 1919, confirms J.D.’s surmise that the Wichita Theatre was designed by Carl Boller. The article says nothing of a Reproduco, or any organ or piano at this time, but says that the Wichita Theatre had a 12-piece orchestra accompanying the movies at both the evening and the matinée performances.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

As can be seen from the photo I just uploaded, the Wichita Theatre was much more Spanish than French in style.

Lyndon on November 26, 2013 at 4:03 am

For more memories of the Wichita, see: “I Used to Drag Douglas”

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