Crown Uptown Theatre

3207 E. Douglas Avenue,
Wichita, KS 67218

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kwilkin1962 on September 12, 2013 at 4:18 am

The Uptown opened on July 16, 1928. The first movie was “The Jazz Singer”, starring Al Jolson.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Okay, May 15 1974 has All seats 50 cents for “EXECUTIVE ACTION” and “THE GETAWAY'.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on January 6, 2009 at 5:28 am

Ted Morris the owner and founder of the Crown Uptown died December 30, 2008. It is truly a loss for the Wichita theater community.

raybradley on December 10, 2006 at 6:12 pm

Another 1928 Boller Bros. atmospheric simular to the Uptown was the (1928-1952) Ritz Theatre in Oklahoma City, which was razed long ago.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 17, 2006 at 3:46 am

The Crown Uptown is Wichita’s first atmospheric theater. The Orpheum Theatre on 200 N. Broadway is considered pre-atmospheric.

brentclarkf on November 11, 2005 at 12:22 am

My wife and I recently visited this theatre. We happened to be in this area of Wichita and were lucky enough to be given a tour. The lobby, highlighted by impressive light fixtures and wooden columns, has been restored. Although it has been converted to dinner theatre and the seats removed to make way for tables, the auditorium is still quite beautiful. The overall feeling truly is one of being outside with a twinkling night sky overhead. The Crown Uptown is yet another example of a Boller Brothers masterpiece.

atmos on February 26, 2005 at 10:12 am

An issue of “Marquee” states theatre opened on 16 Jul 1928 and originally had 1464 seats.

claydoh77 on November 23, 2004 at 2:45 pm

Check out the link below for a very cool 360 Degree tour of the auditorium as it looks now after a beautiful restoration/renovation. Don’t forget to look up at the sky.
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This was one of the first Boller Brothers atmospheric theatres. The auditorium was to have the ambience of a Spanish/Moorish open-air courtyard. The Boller Brothers also used similar designs for the Granada in Kansas City, KS and the Poncan in Ponca City, OK among others.