Wichita Theatre

310 E. Douglas Avenue,
Wichita, KS 67202

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2017 at 12:39 pm

Unless the original building was demolished and a new theater built on the site, this house opened in 1905 as the Crystal Theatre. This article is from the January 20, 1905, issue of The Wichita Eagle:

“NEW VAUDEVILLE HOUSE

“Crystal Theater to Open on East Douglas Avenue.

“The building at 310 East Douglas avenue is being remodeled for the purpose of a playhouse. The work has been going on at the building for some time, and is rapidly nearing completion. The building will be occupied by the Crystal Theater and will be used entirely for vaudeville purposes. The theater will be owned and operated by the Crystal Theater company, with main offices in Denver and San Francisco.”

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm

More pics here too.

http://www.carnut.com/ramblin/ddouglas/ddouglas.html

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm

The “Hot Rod Gang” World Premiere was at the Wichita Theatre in August 1958, photo added via John Stutzer. More about the premiere in the link below.

http://www.kansas.com/cars/article1112410.html

Lyndon
Lyndon on November 26, 2013 at 7:03 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 12, 2012 at 1:18 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 12, 2012 at 12:24 am

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.

seymourcox
seymourcox on May 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Look into this fun link to see hundreds of photos of historic Kansas theatres,
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[Deleted] on February 9, 2007 at 11:22 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.

raybradley
raybradley on December 19, 2006 at 11:57 am

These web pages contains vintage images of the Wichita Theatre,
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 17, 2006 at 12:39 pm

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.