Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Economics of Historic Preservation

“Historic preservation makes sense in large measure because historic preservation makes dollars and cents, but it also saves dollars and cents. Historic preservation is a rational and effective economic response to over-consumption. To make a new brick today to build a building on a site where there is already a building standing steals from two…

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Classic Cinema in 2012

We are four months away from 2012, but we are already hammering out the details of our 2012 Film Series!  So what can you expect next year?  More movies and more of a focus on classic, iconic films every month.  Newer films that we have shown in the past, such as “Pretty in Pink” or…

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Australia and Kansas…More alike than you think

What does Wichita have in common with Sydney, Australia?  If your answer is nothing, then you are wrong! One look at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney and you will know. Look familiar? Sydney is home to a gorgeous John Eberson atmospheric theatre that is the Capitol Theatre, built in 1927. Wichita is home to the…

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She’s A Brick House

Yes indeed!  The Orpheum Theatre is a brick house and our brick house walls are undergoing repair.  Years of deteroriation and weathering have caused our exterior walls to experience loss of mortar and spalling of the bricks.  Fortunately, on August 1, workers began to resurface the spalled bricks and tuckpoint the bricks that have lost…

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Sustainability and the Orpheum

The restoration of the Orpheum Theatre plays an important role in the sustainability of our city.  The following is a summary of The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Sustainability Initiative: There are four core guiding principles of sustainable stewardship: 1. The reuse of our existing buildings reduces the amount of demolition and construction waste deposited in…

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Let’s All Go To The Lobby!!

If you haven’t been to the Orpheum for one of its’ many films, then you are missing out on a wonderful piece of nostalgia! Not only do you get to enjoy a classic movie in Wichita’s classic, historic theatre. The previews alone are worth coming to see. Every audience stands and sings to the National…

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