Corral Theatre

410 E. Douglas Avenue,
Wichita, KS 67202

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Previous Names: Cameraphone Theatre, Novelty Theatre, Yale Theatre

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Corral Theatre

Originally opened in the early-1900’s as the Cameraphone Theatre, it was renamed Novelty Theatre around 1907 and was sold to new operators in May 1909. The Novelty Theatre operated through to 1950 with that name. It was later known as the Yale Theatre, and finally Corral Theatre. Apparently this movie house specialized in cowboy shoot-em ups.

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raybradley on December 19, 2006 at 9:08 am

Perhaps the address got transposed as the street number left of the Corral looks as if it reads 406.

seymourcox on May 26, 2009 at 8:14 am

This link has good images of classic Kansas cinemas,
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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on August 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Chuck, The theater on the south side of Douglas Avenue in the image was the Marple Theater and later known as the Vogue Art Theater. Odd number buildings on are the south part of Douglas with the even numbers being on the north side.

JWO on May 13, 2015 at 9:33 am

When it was the Novelty theater in the 40’s and 50’s I attended as a child and teen, you saw 2 movies, usually westerns and saw a news reel and cartoons for 15 cents and a tall bag of popcorn was 10 cents and if you wanted to you could stay and watch it again. The well off went up Douglas West a block to where the more wealthy went, a kid had to pay 35 cents I think, might be wrong on that. If you went East there was the State Theater and the Victory Theater. I went to all, but often to the Corral or as I remember, the Novelty.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on August 2, 2015 at 11:05 pm

The Yale and the Novelty are two separate theaters. The Yale was at 504 E. Douglas Avenue while the Novelty Theater was at 410 E. Douglas Avenue.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 29, 2021 at 3:58 am

Houses called the Yale Theatre and the Novelty Theatre are both listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. The Novelty is listed at 410 E. Douglas, but no address is given for the Yale.

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