This temporary shutdown of the Orpheum is not the first time our historic venue has experienced trying times. Since its opening in 1922, its walls have stood through many tumultuous periods in our shared history. From economic depressions and world wars, to presidential assassinations and terrorist attacks, cultural landmarks like our Orpheum Theatre have shown that no matter how hard the wind blows, we will weather the storm.
Many have passed through our doors in downtown Wichita over the past 98 years, and will do so again when we re-open. And that time will come. We will get through this crisis and will be stronger for it. This video message from our partner, League of Historic American Theatres, says it all.
Because revenue from live concerts, movies, and other events are so important to the Orpheum, the continuing closure due to the COVID-19 health crisis has been devastating financially to this historic Wichita treasure. Help us be ready to reopen (when it’s safe) by supporting the Orpheum Recovery Fund in one of three ways:
- Purchase a ticket to Orpheum Alive! A Video Concert Series – there are three concerts available featuring Injoy Fountain, Terry Quiett Band, and Jenny Wood.
- Order a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or tote bag from our new Bonfire merch store.
- Make a direct donation to the Orpheum Recovery Fund campaign.
Gifts to the Orpheum Recovery Fund are used to pay regular theatre expenses such as electric, water, phone, and insurance, expenses that cannot be deferred during shutdown.
Thank you for your patience and support during this time of uncertainty.
The Orpheum staff is working diligently with show promoters, clients, and film distributors to reschedule affected events. As event updates come in, ticket holders for all of the affected shows should receive an email with show-specific details, but in general:
- Patrons should hold onto their tickets which will be valid for new show dates.
- In most cases, if you are unable to attend a rescheduled date, refunds are available until two business days after the original event date. To initiate the refund process, patrons will need to contact Select-A-Seat through the Contact Form on their website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow up to 72 hours for a response.
- For any show that is cancelled outright, refunds for credit card purchases will be automatic; those who purchased at the Box Office with cash will need to contact Select-A-Seat through the methods outlined above.
- Beatles vs Stones: A Musical Showdown – New Date: Sunday, September 27
- Gridiron 2020 – New Dates: Thursday, October 1 & Friday, October 2
- Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – New Date: Friday, November 6
- MasterChef Junior Live! – New Date: Thursday, November 5
- Theresa Caputo – New Date: Sunday, October 4 at 3pm (please note new start time)
- Bert Kreischer – New Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
POSTPONED & CANCELLED EVENTS:
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (New Date TBD)
- God Save the Wings Encore Screening (New Date TBD)
- The Apartment (New Date TBD)
- Terry Quiett Band (Postponed indefinitely)
- Clue (New Date TBD)
- Lindsey Buckingham (Cancelled)
- To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (New Date TBD)
- The Color Purple (New Date TBD)
- Dog Day Afternoon (New Date TBD)