Sandra Theatre

121 E. William Street,
Wichita, KS 37202

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Sandra Theatre

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The Sandra Theatre was opened in 1939, and by 1942 was operated by Fox Midwest Amusement Corp. It was closed in 1955.

Since demolished, a parking garage was built on the site.

Contributed by Cactus Jack

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seymourcox
seymourcox on May 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm

This interesting link list the Sandra, along with photos of many other historic Kansas theatres,
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 8, 2010 at 10:01 am

The Sandra Theatre opened on July 23, 1939. A few months later a photo of its front appeared in the November 11 issue of Boxoffice. The theater was designed by one of Wichita’s leading architects of the period, Lorentz Schmidt, who was better known for designing many schools throughout Kansas. The Sandra was probably his only commercial theater design, though he undoubtedly had much practice with school auditoriums.

The Sandra Theatre was built for husband and wife T.H. and Merta Slothower, who operated it until 1942 and then leased it to Fox, according to and article about the Slothowers in Boxoffice of March 29, 1952. The April 1, 1950, issue of Boxoffice called this the Fox Sandra Theatre, and said that it was switching to an art film policy. It was seldom mentioned in Boxoffice after that, though the Slothowers were mentioned frequently, operating several theaters in the region into the 1970s.

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