Mall Cinema

3999 E. Harry Street,
Wichita, KS 67218

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The Mall Cinema was a one screen movie house in 1974 located in the Wichita Mall. It was Mann Theatres operation. Showing May 15 1974 was “The Sting”. Dickinson Theatres added a further 3-screens inside the mall.

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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on June 11, 2012 at 4:28 am

3999 E. Harry is no where near 21st and Amidon. Please update the map to show the correct location.

The building is still there and has been converted into individual store fronts.

JoelWeide on June 11, 2012 at 5:10 am

This theatre was originally built by National General and later operated by Mann and ultimately by Dickinson. At one point Dickinson added 3 screens inside the mall. The original ‘Star Wars’ played there and the auditoriam was upgraded to Dolby sound at the time. This theatre and the Century 21 in Springfield Missouri are identical except the auditoriam face the opposite direction. The theatre still is attached to the front of the mall as state above and the street sign has been converted into general advertising for the shopping center. (The reference to 21st and Amidon would be the Twin Lakes operated by Commonwealth.)

kwilkin1962 on January 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I saw a lot of movies here, including “Star Wars” when it was first released and “Earthquake” with Sensurround that made the seats “quake” when the earthquake started during the movie. I remember my aunt taking me to the grand opening of the entire mall, with Governor Docking dedicating the building. The first movie shown there was “Marooned” starring Gregory Peck on March 25, 1970.

banthatracks on April 19, 2016 at 3:47 pm

I watched “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back” at the Mall Cinema in Wichita. It was the only theater in Wichita that played those two movies. It was a great theater. It only had one screen at the time, but I believe it expanded later.

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