Mall Cinema

3999 E. Harry Street,
Wichita, KS 67218

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Located in the Wichita Mall, the Mall Cinema was a one screen movie house which opened March 25, 1970 with Gregory Peck in “Marooned”. It was Mann Theatres operation. Showing May 15, 1974 was “The Sting”. Dickinson Theatres added a further 3-screens inside the mall.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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bluejaywichita1
bluejaywichita1 on February 7, 2017 at 9:59 pm

This was THE Star Wars theater in the 80’s. The original played there for over a year. I saw the 3rd showing of the Empire Strikes Back there on May 21 1980. I was there for the first midnight showing of Return of the Jedi in 1983. I do not remember an expansion of the theater itself, though it is possible the original (I think) 800 seat theater may have been divided. That was the trend at the time toward shoebox theaters. When this Malls anchor (Montgomery Wards) closed in 2000, the mall essentially died and has since been refaced. There is no trace of this theater anymore.

kwilkin1962
kwilkin1962 on April 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm

I remember seeing the first Star Wars here in 1977. The original theatre was built in 1970. They added 3 or 4 screens inside the mall in the 1980’s that were separate from the original theatre.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 26, 2021 at 4:34 pm

Newspapers listings ended in September 1998

rivest266
rivest266 on January 28, 2021 at 8:17 am

Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 28, 2021 at 1:16 pm

Reopened with 4 screens on December 19th, 1986. Another ad posted.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on April 6, 2021 at 7:15 am

The Mall Cinema opened March 25, 1970 with Gregory Peck in Marooned. The Mall Cinema closed at the end of a 30-year leasing agreement on January 14, 1999 with “Antz,” “Meet Joe Black” and “Rush Hour.”

The 804-seat Mall Cinema was designed by MBA Engineers Inc. of St. Louis.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on April 6, 2021 at 8:31 am

The Mall Cinema Wichita, Kansas and the Century 21 (Single screen) Springfield Missouri were identical in design. Just one auditorium faced east while the other faced west. Both built by National General and later Mann ultimately by Dickinson.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on April 6, 2021 at 8:34 am

If one knows what they are looking for the street sign is still there. (I changed it on more than one occasion.)

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