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Damage from lightning strike disrupts scheduled shows at Crown Uptown Theatre

Crown Uptown Theatre in Wichita, Kansas
Crown Uptown Theatre in Wichita, Kansas
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 4:32 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Wichita’s Crown Uptown Theatre on Friday, provided an update on the extent of damage caused by lightning strikes and a small fire from a storm that hit the area late last week.

The theatre said the fire, caused by multiple lightning strikes to its facility, caused more damage than initially reported.

“Three of our four air conditioning units were completely fried by the lightning strikes. Our experts believe that it could take 2-8 weeks to make the necessary repairs that will return air conditioning and all electricity to our building,” the Crown Uptown Theatre said in a Friday afternoon Facebook post.

Because of that, weekend performances of Come Together: A Beatles Revue have been canceled. Looking ahead to next weekend, another local venue is stepping up to help.

“Our friends at The Orpheum Theatre have come to our rescue and will be opening their facility to allow us to put on two final performances of this concert on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26,” the Crown Uptown Theatre said. “If you have tickets for either of these two performances, the only change to your reservation will be the venue. If you have tickets for any other performance night, we will need to transfer your tickets to one of the two dates mentioned or issue you a refund.”

The Crown Uptown, a historic Wichita venue said people can help with repairs and returning to large-scale theatrical productions by donating to the nonprofit Crown Arts Collaborative, housed within the Crown Uptown Theatre.

“The Crown Uptown has been a community fixture for nearly 100 years. We will need the community to get through this challenge,” the theatre said.

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