INTRUST Bank Arena
If you want to catch the most popular events and biggest, wildest shows, head to INTRUST Bank Arena. Located in the heart of downtown Wichita, this 15,000-seat venue is a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment center. It houses 40 suites, 40 loge boxes, 300 premium seats and is home to the largest concerts and sporting events in the region. With 65-foot ceilings, INTRUST Bank Arena has some of the best acoustics and sound system, creating a more intimate experience for guests and performers.
There are more than 4,000 parking spaces within four blocks of the venue and it is located within walking distance of several hotels, trendy shopping areas and many classy and affordable restaurants. Head to Old Town, downtown Wichita, WaterWalk or west to the Historic Delano District for some of the best shopping and cultural experiences.
INTRUST Bank Arena has seen major talent come through the doors since its January 2010 opening, with acts like Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney, Elton John, The Eagles, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift.
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Hartman Arena sits on the edge of north Wichita in the small community of Park City, right off Highway I-I35. This 6,500-seat stadium makes for the perfect medium-sized concert site or sporting event venue, and has housed many up-and-coming artists. Good Charlotte, Rob Zombie, Boys Like Girls, Disturbed, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Steve Miller Band and so many others have brought in crowds since the venue's opening in March 2009.
The multi-purpose arena is also home to Wichita's annual Grub & Groove Festival in September and the annual Air Capital Bacon & Beer Festival in April.
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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. 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 28,500-square-foot building allows up to 2,000 people to enjoy the live shows. The venue comes with an 11,000-square-foot floating hardwood dance floor and a stage with a band shell to enhance sound quality. The Cotillion offers all ages shows, food and drink during performances and a great atmosphere for every attendee.
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When it comes to rich history, no venue holds a candle to Wichita's Orpheum Theatre. It was the first atmospheric theatre in the country and the oldest still in operation. The Orpheum opened in 1922 after being designed by architect John Eberson and built for a stunning $750,000. Inside, the historic venue is decorated like a starlit Spanish courtyard and seats more than 1,200 people.
The Orpheum began as a vaudeville theatre, but quickly evolved to contain live talk shows and performances. Today, it is used as a venue for both movies and live entertainment, bringing in popular acts like Gavin DeGraw, Melissa Etheridge, Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, William Shatner and Lyle Lovett. At one time, Harry Houdini, Fannie Brice and the Marx Brothers all stood in the spotlight on the Orpheum's stage.
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Crown Uptown Theatre
For the longest time, the Crown Uptown Theatre was a staple in the Wichita community as a dinner theatre with live performances and delicious food, but it wasn't always used that way. In 1928, when the facility was founded, it was a first-run theatre, showing musicals like "The Jazz Singer" starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy. Like the Orpheum Theatre, the Crown Uptown is an atmospheric theatre. The ceiling is filled with tiny lights resembling a night sky. The transformer used to operate those lights is the original Lionel train transformer used in 1928.
In 1976, the building was turned into a dinner theatre. Today, there are no more scheduled live theatre performances, but the venue is still used as a home for smaller concerts and productions, weddings and party rentals.
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