Twin Lakes Theatres 1 & 2

2030 N. Amidon Street,
Wichita, KS 67203

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Twin Lakes Theatres 1 & 2

The Twin Lakes Theatres 1 & 2 was a twin theatre in Wichita which opened June 12, 1968. It was a Commonwealth Theatre. Playing May 15, 1974 was “The Conversation” and on screen two was “Where the Lillies Bloom”.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on August 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm

The Twin Lakes Theaters were never demolished as they were part of the Twin Lakes Mall. The part of the mall where the theater was is still there. It is now offices.

kwilkin1962 on January 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Twin Lakes is where I saw “Lawrence of Arabia” in 70mm when it was re-released in 1989 I believe. At the time, I believe it was the only theatre in Wichita that had the capability of showing a 70mm print. The other memory of Twin Lakes I have is that one of the “twins” had a huge window where you could look at the lake outside. It had a curtain that was drawn before the movie started of course.

kwilkin1962 on September 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Twin Lakes opened on June 12, 1968. It’s first showing was “The Odd Couple”.

OKCdoorman on September 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Following info courtesy the Wichita Eagle, advance opening story, Sunday, June 9, 1968, pp 1F.

-Owned by Commonwealth Frontier (later Commonwealth).

-Theater opened Wednesday, June 12, 1968 with THE ODD COUPLE (as noted above) in Theater 1, and the 1968 Best Foreign Language Academy Award winner, Jiri Menzel’s CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS (1966, released in the US by Sigma III Corp.) in Theater 2. Miss America Debra Dene Barnes (later Snodgrass) of Moran, KS, attended.

-Seating Capacities: 630 seats in Theater 1, 306 in Theater 2.

-Cinemeccanica projectors (both 70mm capable) and six-track stereo systems in both auditoriums.

-Single box office for both theaters capable of handling either regular or reserved seating.

-Architects: Feagins & Kirsch. Contractor: Law Construction Co.

Lyndon on September 4, 2016 at 5:01 am

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum has a thread of memories about the Twin Lakes Theaters.

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