After the storm, a small fire, 1 historic theater in Wichita attacks another

WICHITA, Kansas (KWCH) – Three lightning bolts from a thunderstorm earlier this month caused a small fire at the Crown Uptown Theater in Wichita. All electricity has been restored to the building, but the theater, near East Douglas and Hillside, still does not have air conditioning.

Obtaining parts has been slow due to a heat wave in parts of the United States and supply issues resulting from the pandemic. Instead of canceling shows, the Orpheum Theater, located downtown near 1st and Broadway, stepped in to help. The Orpheum has agreed to host performances from Crown Uptown until the theater, about two miles away, can complete all necessary repairs.

Over the weekend of Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June, the Orpheum hosted two final performances of the Crown Uptown concert, “Come Together: A Beatles Revue”.

“The Orpheum got together and contacted each other and said, ‘Hey, we know you’re down. We have availability. Do you want to come?’ Crown Uptown Theater Executive Director Max Wilson said.

Crown Uptown said moving shows to another location was half the hassle of having to cancel. For some smaller events, the venue also uses the nearby Mosley Street Melodrama space.

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