Music has been the lifeblood of entertainment and nightlife in Wichita for decades, and The Cotillion immortalizes the need through its history of diversity in performances. The venue opened on Dec. 7, 1960, with the Ted Weems Orchestra and holds an impressive resume when it comes to live acts.
The grand opening of The Cotillion was glamorous, with valet parking and tuxedoed doormen. The beautifully-crafted maple dance floor drew many to the center of the room. This was back when The Cotillion was one of the first concert venues, with big names playing right here in Wichita.
From Louis Armstrong and B.B. King to Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, M.C. Hammer, The Ramones and Marilyn Manson, The Cotillion prides itself in being able to attract varying crowds with incredibly different interests. Many comedians have also brought in crowds for shows at the venue, including Dave Chappelle, Carlos Mencia and Larry the Cable Guy.
The Cotillion as a Venue
However, The Cotillion is not exclusive to live music. The events facility is known for booking popular concerts, but does so much more than that. The 28,500-sq. ft. building has an 11,000-sq.ft. dance floor and a 24-ft. high dome ceiling. The most unique feature of the building is its neon-lit band shell.
The idea for the building came from Jad Wolf, who envisioned the building to be for live entertainment, dances, weddings, quinceñeras and trade shows. It is the perfect venue for intimate concerts, shows and weddings thanks to a team focused on hard work and dedication.
The versatility of the ballroom is what owners believe keeps The Cotillion at the top of the list for event planners. With its flexibility to set up in many different configurations, it has been used for reserved shows, cattle auctions and even a Larry King town hall meeting broadcasted all over the world.
The Cotillion is only 2 ½ miles from Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. The amenities provided by the venue include: