Orpheum Theatre

200 N. Broadway,
Wichita, KS 67202

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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on December 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm

The restoration is far from finished. The auditorium still needs a lot of work.

spectrum
spectrum on December 28, 2014 at 9:44 pm

According to their video on their website, the restoration is mostly finished now; I believe the bulk was finished by 2011.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on December 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Terrywade, The original entrance with the neon marquee is not going away according to the article below. http://www.kansas.com/2013/12/06/3164040/orpheum-theatres-30-million-campaign.html

If you look at the photo provided you will see the back of the neon marquee to the right of the building.

terrywade
terrywade on December 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

Looks like they are about to ruin the place with a remodel, gone will be the nice neon marquee front.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on April 21, 2012 at 1:39 am

Mike, The Voque Art Theater was originally the Marple Theater at 417 E. Douglas.

The Westway Cinema was at 2515 S. Seneca in the Westway Shopping Center.

Are you sure you don’t mean the Victory Theater. I can not find any information on a Victory Drive-In in Wichita.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Where is the WESTWAY CINEMA, VICTORY DRIVE-in and VOGUE ART.?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Playing May 15 1974 was “BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID” what a great flick.at 7;20 and 9:40.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on September 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

The Orpheum Theatre originally seated 1,676. 952 seats were on the main floor, 666 were up in the balcony and 58 seats were in boxes on the main floor. The boxes were removed in about the late 1950s.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm

After doing more research the architect for the Orpheum was John Eberson. Harry Weaver was the architect who supervised the construction in Wichita.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Good Theatre stories from Employees.Thanks for putting them on so many stories yet to be told,all so different in many ways.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on December 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm

The book on the Orpheum Theatre is now available through Amazon.
Here is the link:
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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on October 21, 2010 at 12:31 am

Here is a link to images of and from the projection booth in the Orpheum:
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Enjoy.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 13, 2010 at 12:17 am

Actually the architecture firm of Eberson & Weaver designed the Orpheum Theatre. Harry Weaver came to Wichita to supervise the construction of the Orpheum.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Chuck this link might help:
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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 4, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I don’t know Chuck I will get back to you on that. I know when it opened the Orpheum Office Building was home to doctors, dentists, and on the ground floor a Tilford Drug Store.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 4, 2010 at 1:04 am

For anyone who is interested I am writing a book on the history of the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita Kansas. I will post more information when it gets closer to the release date. I just thought I would let everyone know on here.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 4, 2010 at 1:03 am

Here are some aerial shots of the Orpheum Theatre that I took from atop a Wichita Fire Department ladder fire engine during the 2010 Orpheum Theatre Car Show:
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Bobneale
Bobneale on December 31, 2007 at 7:35 pm

I worked at the Miller theater in 1952 and 1953. First as Popcorn Boy, then as a Doorman and finally as Ass’t Manager. I worked for H. F. (Buddy) Brown and C.C.Murray who was the city managaer for Fox theatres at that time. My dad who was a motion picture operator (projectionist) helped get me the job. I was 16. I remember working with Paul Amick (manager of the Orpheum) during one of the big shows where some movie stars were there in-person. Frank Young the black greeter who stood in front of the theatre was an important part of my life then. Being both a counsillor and close friend. At the end of this period I worked as ass’t manager at the Wichita theatre before joining the Navy.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on October 21, 2007 at 12:43 am

Here is my set of Orpheum Theatre pictures I have taken.
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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 1, 2007 at 12:22 pm

Here is a photo of the interior:
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Here is a photo of the vestibule floor:
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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on February 22, 2007 at 10:57 pm

Lost Memory,
Thanks for posting my picture. It is one of my favorites I ever took.
Keith Wondra

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on December 16, 2006 at 10:42 pm

A complete history and vintage color pictures of the Orpheum can be found on the link below;
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 2, 2006 at 12:34 pm

Here is some information about the restoration in the 1980s:
http://tinyurl.com/y7luaj

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on October 14, 2006 at 11:46 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Orpheum Theatre.
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