Wichita Orpheum Theatre


The Wichita Orpheum needs to raise $14 million to move forward with renovations.

After sitting vacant for more than two decades, improvements have been made to much of the Orpheum’s interior since its reopening in 2002.

The auditorium itself, however, has barely been touched.

Jennifer Allen, president of the Orpheum, said rows of used seating were installed in the 1990’s. They sit on wood floors that are unable to hold newer, heavier seats. Overhead, holes and blemishes adorn the ceiling.

Allen says it’s time that changed.

The Wichita Orpheum Theatre is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. In honor of the occasion, the theater has donated items to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historial Museum.

The 1922 atmospheric theater was the first of its kind in the United States. Museum director Eric Cale says the donated items have been in the Orpheum building since its beginning.