The Dunbar Theatre Groundbreaking Community Center As a Cultural Hub For Black Wichitans

The Dunbar Theatre will soon have a new community center addition as part of a project to return the historic building to its former glory.

Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the theater at 1007 N. Cleveland.

“It’s a great day in the city of Wichita, it’s a great day for Power CDC and it’s a great day for the Dunbar Theatre,” said vice mayor and city councilman Brandon Johnson. “This is a long time coming.”

The theater operated from 1941 to 1963 and was the only place where Black Wichitans were allowed to go to the movies without being segregated.

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