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Our History

The Wichita Theatre originally opened for it's first show ever in September 1907. Whitman's Comedians, the state's best known musical comedy company, performed their first show of the season in the new theatre on Spetember 20, 1907. The Wichita Falls Opera Company was formed in 1908 and took up residence in the newly renamed Wichita Falls Opera House. The first seven directors were C. W. Bean, N. Henderson, J. L. Jackson, Frank Kell, J. A. Kemp, W. M. McGregor, and T. R. T. Orth. The project was funded by public subscription and the new theatre for the opera house was deeded by J. A. Kemp and Anderson Bean. Following an extensive renovation, the theatre re-opened in 1939 as a state of the art movie theatre, and it's name returned to the original name, The Wichita Theatre. Having come full circle, the theatre once again produces live musical entertainment on it's stage. Shadows of the original building remain today. If you know where to look, you might find the bricked in original opera house windows.