Crown Uptown Theatre

3207 East Douglas Avenue,
Wichita, KS 67218

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kwilkin1962 on September 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm

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 3:44 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Another 2009 night photo is here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2009 at 4:06 pm

This is a 2009 night photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 25, 2009 at 10:52 am

Here is a nice 2009 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 30, 2009 at 11:48 am

This is another 1985 night photo.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on January 5, 2009 at 9:28 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 23, 2008 at 8:53 am

The website for the Crown Uptown can be found here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2007 at 7:36 pm

This is a recent close-up view of the Crown Uptown Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 13, 2007 at 3:46 pm

Here is a recent night view of Crown Uptown Theater.

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Lost Memory on September 4, 2007 at 8:13 am

A Reuter theater organ opus 285 size 3/5 was installed in the Uptown Theater in 1928.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 15, 2007 at 5:57 am

This is a recent photo of the Crown Uptown Theater.

raybradley on December 10, 2006 at 10:12 am

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 16, 2006 at 7:46 pm

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

brentclarkf on November 10, 2005 at 4:22 pm

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 2:12 am

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

claydoh77 on November 23, 2004 at 6:45 am

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.