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.