Festival to be held Saturday for Dunbar Theatre

Published: Jun. 16, 2017 at 7:01 PM CDT
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A festival hopes to raise more money to revitalize a piece of Wichita history. At one point, the Dunbar on North Cleveland was the only movie theater available to the African American community.

Those who remember it say the neighborhood was a hub with salons, restaurants and drug stores.

The theater closed in the 60's and the neighborhood quickly went downhill.

Those who support revitalization say fixing up the old building will bring new life back to the neighborhood.

"I think it will be a historical location, for not only our community who lives here but those who come to visit us can have a place to come... not only the African American museum, which I care about, but we have other places and locations to go and learn about our history," said organizer Kevass Harding.

A study estimates it would cost about $1.5 million to restore Dunbar.

Saturday, the group behind the restoration will host a festival to raise money. Bands and local artists will be there.

It will take place at McAdams Park from 12 to 7 p.m.