Orpheum Theatre

200 N. Broadway,
Wichita, KS 67202

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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on December 12, 2013 at 11:39 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 4:41 pm

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 6:39 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 4, 2012 at 12:17 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2012 at 11:43 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 8:28 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 28, 2011 at 3:04 am

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 6, 2011 at 3:00 am

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 5:59 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 5:31 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 5:17 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 5, 2010 at 4:24 am

Chuck this link might help:
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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 5, 2010 at 4:22 am

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 6:04 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 6:03 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 January 1, 2008 at 12:35 am

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 5:43 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 5:22 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 23, 2007 at 3:57 am

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

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on December 17, 2006 at 3:42 am

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 5:34 pm

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

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on October 15, 2006 at 4:46 am

Here is a recent photo of the Orpheum Theatre.
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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 17, 2006 at 3:25 am

I am doing my Masters Thesis on the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita. I happy to hear some memories of people who worked there and/or visited there. It is currently being restored but it is going slowly. The good news is that it is still open. They air movies and have concerts there.

JimRankin
JimRankin on April 29, 2004 at 11:51 am

Tour of Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas Theatres in 2004
From June 26 through July 1, 2004 the Theatre Historical Society of America will tour a number of theatres in Kansas City Missouri and surrounding areas, including theatres in Lamar, Joplin, Richmond, St. Joseph and Springfield, MO, as well as Miami, OK, and these cities in Kansas: Leavenworth, Kansas City, Emporia, El Dorado, Augusta, Wichita, Hutchinson, McPherson, Salina, Concordia, and Topeka. More information is contained on their web site: http://www.HistoricTheatres.org and special photos and information concerning the Kansas City theatres: UPTOWN and the MIDLAND is available on this temporary page of their site at: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~angell/thsa/fromarch.html A glossy brochure about this “Heart of America” Conclave is available from the Society’s headquarters listed on their homepage, via E-mail to the Ex. Director, or via snail mail. Membership in the Society is not required to attend the Conclave and tour the theatres, but fees do apply as detailed on their site. Bring your camera and lots of film, for it is usually difficult or impossible to enter these theatres for photos, and some of them will surely not be with us in the years to come.