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National and State Registers of Historic Places

Dunbar Theatre

Picture of property 1007 N. Cleveland
Wichita (Sedgwick County)
Listed in National Register Jul 2, 2008

Architect: Harmon, Raymond M.
Category: vacant/not in use; theater
Thematic Nomination: Historic Theaters and Opera Houses of Kansas

The Dunbar Theatre was built in 1941 during a time in movie theater history when theater owners were moving away from downtowns and into outlying neighborhoods. The theater's history is linked to that of the surrounding McAdams neighborhood, a traditionally African-American area northeast of downtown Wichita. The building is nominated for its association with the performing arts and social history of Wichita's McAdams Neighborhood and for its architectural significance as an example of modern theater design.

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