Marquee Performing Arts Center

1007 Main Street,
Winfield, KS 67156

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Fox Circuit

Architects: Samuel W. Bihr, Jr.

Functions: Performing Arts

Previous Names: Fox Theatre, Winfield Cinema I & II

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 620.402.6688

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Built on the site of the Jewel Theatre (later Zimm Theatre). The Fox Theatre was opened in 1950, and was located across the street from the Regent Theatre (former Winfield Grand Opera House).

By the mid-1980’s it had been twinned and renamed Winfield Cinema I & II. By 2022 it was operating as the Marquee Performing Arts Center. The theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

kencmcintyre on August 24, 2006 at 5:40 am

Here is a photo. Click on the theater for a closeup:

ThomasCrown76 on December 17, 2009 at 3:48 am

Unsure when it was torn down, but an appliance store is there now. Was Sears at one time. Building that is there now definitely does not match the rest of the block.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm

From August 2010 a this photo seems to indicate that the Fox Theatre building may not have been demolished. And that butt ugly false facade my be hiding most of a classic theater building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 30, 2010 at 5:22 am

The Fox was last operated as the Winfield Cinema I $ II, as seen in this 1985 photo. The Cinema Treasures page for the Regent Theatre, aka Winfield Opera House, is currently mistakenly listed as the Winfield Cinema.

Boxoffice included the Fox in Winfield on its list of theaters opened in 1950. I’m not sure if a theater had previously operated in this building under another name, or if the structure was new or was converted from some other use.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2011 at 12:50 am

The entry for architect Samuel W. Bihr, Jr. in the 1956 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory lists the Fox Theatre at Winfield, Kansas, among his works. It gives the year of the Fox project as 1952.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2011 at 1:17 am

Addendum: As Boxoffice ran a photo of the theater in 1950 (second photo at the top of this page) I’m not sure if the AIA Directory got the year wrong, or if Bihr’s project was only for some sort of alteration to the theater. He was apparently a contract architect for Fox Midwest for a number of years, handling many projects both large and small.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on January 1, 2023 at 4:14 am

Looks pretty sketchy as of 2022.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 1, 2023 at 4:47 pm

A press release from early 2022 says that part of the Fox Theatre’s site was occupied by an old movie house called the Zimm Theatre, which was demolished along with an adjacent building to make way for the Fox in 1950. The Zimm was owned by an Oscar Zimmerman by early 1921, but the address 1007 Main Street was listed as the location of the Jewel Theatre in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory.

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