Lightning damage disrupts shows scheduled at Crown Uptown Theater
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – On Friday, the Crown Uptown Theater in Wichita provided an update on the extent of the damage caused by lightning and a small fire from a storm that hit the area late last week.
The theater said the fire, caused by multiple lightning strikes at its facilities, caused more damage than initially reported.
“Three of our four air conditioners were completely burnt out by lightning. Our experts believe it could take 2-8 weeks to complete the necessary repairs that will restore the air conditioning and all electricity to our building, ”Crown Uptown Theater said in a Facebook post on Friday afternoon.
Because of this, the weekend performances of Come Together: A Beatles Revue were canceled. Looking ahead to next weekend, another local place is mobilizing to help.
“Our friends at the Orpheum Theater have come to our aid and will be opening their facilities to allow us to put on two final performances of this concert on Friday June 25 and Saturday June 26,” Crown Uptown Theater said. “If you have tickets for either of these two performances, the only change to your reservation will be the location. If you have tickets for another performance night, we will need to transfer your tickets to one of the two dates mentioned or refund you.
Crown Uptown, a historic Wichita location, said people can help with repairs and return to large-scale theatrical productions by make a donation to the non-profit organization Crown Arts Collaborative, housed in the Crown Uptown Theater.
“The Crown Uptown has been a staple in the community for almost 100 years. We will need the community to meet this challenge, ”the theater said.
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