Monthly Archives: July 2011

History A Top Motivator for Tourism

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Wichita CAN be a tourist destination! The preservation and restoration of the historic Orpheum Theatre plays a big role in it.  Here’s why: “Every study of travel motivations has shown that an interest in the achievements of the past is among the three major reasons why people travel. The other two are rest or recreation…

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Top Ten Reasons Why The Orpheum Blogs

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  Amazing and interesting stories about our volunteers Amazing and interesting stories about our donors Background information and the scoop on upcoming shows Because historic preservation is interesting, important and is always happening here Because show business is a never short of great stories Because the Orpheum is an architectural gem chock full of fascinating…

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What’s Special About 2012?

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As we approach the beginning of 2012, we can’t help but to think back to the 1920s. Why is that? Because 2012 will mark the 90th anniversary of Wichita’s historic Orpheum Theatre and we are planning a year-long celebration to mark this very special event. We’ve come a long way since 1922!  In the Roaring…

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One Historic Theatre’s Field of Dreams

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If you build it they will come. Let me tell you about the amazing story of the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, NY.  Ten years ago, the Proctors was operating at a modest programming level, low attendance and the 1926 theatre was in dire need of restoration. The times in Schenectady were challenging to say the…

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Historic Theatres Unite

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The League of Historic American Theatres is holding its’ 35th Annual Conference this week in Schenectady, NY! Leaders of over 300 historic theatres, including the Wichita Orpheum Theatre, will come together to learn and collaborate in ways that help these theatres deal with modern day issues.  Historic theatres around the country are usually at the…

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Postcard From The Past

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  What arrived in today’s Orpheum mail was a wonderful and pleasant surprise! An 83-year-old gentleman in Tucson, Arizona sent us a letter with an enclosed vintage 1925 postcard of the Wichita Orpheum Theatre. He discovered the postcard in an antique shop in Tucson and decided to mail it to us because he knew we…

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What’s Popular in Vegas is Unique to Wichita

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On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I wandered into The Venetian Hotel. What I found was a beautiful replica of a Venetian courtyard complete with elaborate building facades, a painted blue sky ceiling with puffy white clouds and a real water canal and gondolas. As I walked around, my senses were convinced that I was walking…

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