Dunbar Theatre

The Range | July 24, 2020

Jul 24, 2020
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In the '40s and '50s, the Dunbar Theatre was where Wichita’s Black community gathered to embrace and celebrate its culture. And now, almost 60 years since it closed, the theater continues to make a comeback.

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Almost 60 years after it closed, the historic Dunbar Theatre in Wichita’s McAdams neighborhood is ramping up for some major renovations.

Efforts have been ongoing for several years to reopen the theater located in what was once the epicenter of Wichita’s Black community. Now, that work is getting a new push.

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Another colorful mural is now on display in Wichita's historic Dunbar District. It's part of the Horizontes, or Horizons, project that's helping to revive the once-thriving neighborhood.

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A new mural with an image of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been spray painted on a building in Wichita's historic Dunbar District.

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Updated Tuesday at 7:50 p.m.

Wichita City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to direct more than $600,000 toward revitalizing and reopening the historic Dunbar Theatre.

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City Council members on Tuesday got a look at a plan to restore Wichita’s historic Dunbar Theatre, which closed in 1963.

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An effort to revive the historic Dunbar Theatre at 9th and Cleveland in Wichita continues.