Orpheum Theatre

326 Delaware Street,
Leavenworth, KS 66048

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The Orpheum Theatre at Leavenworth suffered a gas explosion and fire in January, 1909, with the loss estimated at $35,000. The theater was either repaired or rebuilt, and was open at least into the early-1920’s when it was being operated by C.F. Mensing. Sometime around 1917, a two-manual Moller organ was installed.

Additional information about the Orpheum Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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kgwilliams2000 on December 24, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I am distantly related to C.F. Mensing. Through my research I found that he moved to Florida in the mid- to late-1920s. I always wondered if he held interest in any of the businesses he had in Leavenworth. He died in Miami, Florida in early 1959.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 25, 2010 at 2:33 am

Chuck: Mike Rivest has the Orpheum listed as a Dubinsky Brothers house from 1930 to 1935, and a Durwood house from 1935 to 1950.

kath2000: What little I know of C.F. Mensing I obtained from a few online sources. A brief biography in a history of Leavenworth County, published in 1921 was the primary source. An item in a 1924 issue of The Reel Journal named him as still being the operator of the Orpheum and Lyceum at that time. He was mentioned under the name Carl Mensing in a 1926 issue of the same publication. I also came across a patent for a golf club, filed August 1, 1927, by Carl F. Mensing of Leavenworth, Kansas, and granted March 13, 1928, so he must have still been in Kansas in late 1927. I’ve found no later references to him.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 26, 2010 at 3:20 am

The Orpheum Theatre in Leavenworth is included on this list of known Boller Brothers theaters as a 1909 project. It has been demolished. A history of Leavenworth published in 1921 said that the seating capacity of the Orpheum at that time was 1000.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 1, 2011 at 7:32 am

A 2/8, manual/rank, keyboards/sets of pipes, Moller Theater Pipe Organ, Opus 2578 was installed in the theater in 1919. It came from the Moller Pipe Organ Company in Hagerstown, Maryland and cost $4,350.00. Does anyone know what happened to the organ?

More info and photos are always welcome.

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