Vogue Art Theater

417 E. Douglas Avenue,
Wichita, KS 67202

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Functions: Bar, Restaurant

Previous Names: Marple Theater, State Theater

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The Marple Theater was built around 1908 for William H. Marple. By 1941 and into the early-1950’s it was known as the State Theater. It was last known as the Vogue Art Theater, an adult movie theatre which operated in the 1960’s and 1970’s, closing on February 10, 1977.

In September 1978 it was converted into a dinner theatre which operated until January 1981. The building was then used as a night club called the Midnight Blue club. By 2009 it was Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar.

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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on March 10, 2009 at 2:14 pm

It is now a bar.
Here is a 2007 photo:
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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on March 10, 2009 at 2:23 pm

According to the Wichita Eagle and the Wichita Beacon;
Emma Dodd was the wife of E. M. Dodd a contractor. They came to Wichita in 1884. She owned considerable real estate including downtown business property.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on March 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm

E. M. Dodd was not the builder of the Marple since he died in 1899 according to Emma Dodd’s obituary in the 1928 Wichita Beacon and the Marple was built in 1908.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on May 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

It is now Fat Tony’s Grill and Sports Bar.

Lyndon on December 29, 2014 at 5:21 am

Here are some historical tidbits about the Marple.

rivest266 on January 28, 2021 at 12:25 pm

This reopened as the first adult cinema in Wichita, the Vogue Art on September 2nd, 1966. Grand opening ad posted.

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