Regent Theatre

117 N. Market Street,
Wichita, KS 67202

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Architects: J. Harry Randall

Previous Names: Colonial Theatre

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Colonial Theatre...Wichita Kansas

Wichita’s Colonial Theatre was opened around 1910. In 1918 it was renamed Regent Theatre. It was badly damaged by fire in November 1919.

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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kencmcintyre on January 3, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Here is the 1910 photo discussed above:

seymourcox on May 26, 2009 at 8:13 am

This link has a lot of photos of classic Kansas movie houses,
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raybradley on September 15, 2009 at 7:35 pm

These web pages have an exciting night shot of the Olonial Theatre –

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 29, 2011 at 9:59 am

A postcard view of the Colonial Theatre in Wichita Kansas.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2014 at 1:18 pm

This house had been renamed the Regent Theatre by 1919, when the November 2 issue of the Wichita Eagle reported that “[t]he Regent theater building, 117 North Market street, was badly damaged by fire yesterday.”

The Regent had only reopened on September 1, 1919, after an extensive remodeling and redecorating job which had kept the house closed for the entire month of August.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on June 17, 2015 at 7:02 am

The Colonial was renamed the Regent in 1918.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2015 at 11:54 am

Both sides of the block are lined with tall, modern buildings, so the Regent has been demolished.

Architect J. Harry Randall practiced in his native St. Louis during the 1890s. Around 1901 he moved to Seattle, where he remained for a few years. By 1909 he had established his practice in Oklahoma City. There’s a hint that he might have moved to California by 1921, but I haven’t been able to find anything definite about that.

rivest266 on January 28, 2021 at 3:50 pm

And reopened as the Regent Theatre on February 13th, 1918. Grand opening ad posted.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 28, 2021 at 10:49 pm

The February 4, 1915 opening of the Colonial must have been only the opening under the management of Fox’s “Box Office Attraction Company.” The Colonial was advertised in the Wichita Beacon of October 3, 1910, boasting of “…five big pictures, four of them comedies.” This ad was cited in Gerald R. Butters' book Banned in Kansas: Motion Picture Censorship, 1915-1966.

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