Wichita may be a small city by some standards but the movie theaters here are not. Wichita, Kansas is home to some truly great and unique movie theaters and has options for nearly everyone. What better way to get in the spooky spirit of Halloween than going to a scary movie? Classic or new movie, drive-in or seated auditorium, cheap or expensive, Wichita has it all.
The Orpheum will be showing the classic scary movie The Shining Saturday, October 31st at 7 pm. Watch Jack Torrance slowly have a mental breakdown in the haunted Overlook Hotel while visions come to his son Danny. What better place to watch Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece than in the historic Orpheum. Opened in 1922, the Orpheum is a historical landmark of Wichita designed with the idea of a Spanish garden or court. It seats 1328 people.
200 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202
Tickets are $5 at the door ($4 for seniors, military and students)
The Starlite drive-in is always a fun and cheap way to see a movie. Open on Friday and Saturday evenings with triple features (yes 3 movies for the price of 1) the price and relaxed atmosphere is hard to beat. Just make sure you can stay up late and expect the kids to fall asleep. Since it is a drive-in movie theater, the movies don’t start until 8 pm. Wichita is truly lucky to be one of the few cities in the United States to still have a drive-in movie theater. This drive-in shows most of the movies traditional movie theaters are showing, such as Jennifer’s Body, Halloween 2 and Gamer. However, they are currently playing older movies such as Final Destination.
3900 S. Hydraulic
$10 per carload
$8 single admission
Children 11 and under are free with an adult.
Palace West Theater
The Palace West Theater is another cheap way to see a movie with all tickets at $2.50 per person. This theater generally shows older movies as a last chance to see them in the theater, such as Aliens in the Attic and Transformers 2: Rise of the Fallen.
This theater is also known for showing cult films on Fridays and Saturdays. The cult film series play every Friday and Saturday between 9-10 pm and 11:30-Midnight. The film changes weekly.
Halloween showings are:
The Addams Family Oct. 2 and 3rd
Alien October 9th and 10th
Pet Sematary October 16th and 17th
The Haunting October 23rd and 24th
Rosemary’s Baby October 30th and 31st
The Monster Squad November 7th and 8th.
Make sure you have cash for tickets; this theater does not accept checks or debit/credit cards.
535 South Ridge Road Circle,
Dickinson Northrock 14
A less crowded movie theater on the East side of Wichita, Northrock 14 shows great scary movies such as Halloween 2, The Final Destination, 9, Orphan, District 9 and Sorority Row.
Wichita, KS 67226
Main Phone: 316-636-5432
Show Line: 316-636-5432
Adult = $8.00
Student = $6.50
Military = $6.50
Senior (over 55) = $6.50
Matinee (before 6pm) = $6.50
Child (4-11) = $6.50
Early Bird (First Matinee of the Day) = $5.00
The most popular theaters in Wichita are the Warren Theaters. There is a Warren Theater in the East, West, and Old Town Wichita. The Warren theaters show the most recent movies and will be showing several scary Halloween movies such as 9, Jennifer’s Body, District 9, Halloween2, Sorority Row, The
Final Destination, and The Final Destination 3D. Upcoming scary movies will include Pandorum, Zombieland, The Stepfather, Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Saw VI, and Where the Wild Things Are for smaller children.
A perk of going to The Warren theaters are the diners that each one has. You can eat your dinner before the movie or take it in the theater with you, a great advantage for those who want something other than popcorn or candy. The 21st Street Warren and The 13th Avenue Warren both have a recreation of a 1940s soda fountain. The staff is in uniform and serves sandwiches, soups, French fries, milkshakes, malts and other ice cream desserts. The Warren Theater and Grill in Old Town is slightly different. At this location you sit in your seat in the theater and the wait staff takes your order and brings your food directly to your seat.
Another unique thing about Warren theaters is some auditoriums are equipped with a Cry Room. This is an enclosed room with its own sound where parents can take their babies and still watch the movie. The auditoriums with Cry Rooms are listed on the website when you look up show times.
Balcony and Lounge in the 13th Avenue Warren
For those movie goers who are 21 years and older the Balcony and Lounge (only in the Grand Auditorium) offer a full service bar and lounge for before and after the movie. The food and drink service is at your seat. And the seats? They are over-sized and reserved in advanced so there is no waiting and fighting for a good seat.
Game Room at the 13th Avenue Warren
The 13th Avenue Warren also has an arcade room with several different types of games to play for before or after the movie. It’s a great distraction for kids who arrive a little too early.
West 21st St. Warren (West Side Wichita)
9150 W 21st St – Wichita, KS
17 auditoriums all in digital THX sound
13th Avenue Warren (East Side Wichita)
11611 E 13th St – Wichita, KS
20 auditoriums all in digital THX sound
Warren Theater and Grill in Old Town
353 N. Mead – Wichita, KS
7 auditoriums all in digital THX sound
Movie Line: (316) 691-9700
TeleTicket Line: (316) 773-3232
Matinee (Before 6pm) $7.00
Evening (6pm and Later) $9.00
Children (3-12) $7.00
Seniors (55+) $7.00
Balcony (Matinee) $12.00
Balcony (Evening) $18.00
3-D Ticket Prices
Matinee (Before 6pm) $10.00
Evening (6pm and Later) $12.00
Children (12 and under) $10.00
Seniors (55+) $10.00
Also owned by Warren Theaters is Movie Machine located in the Towne West Mall. This is a great place to watch a movie a little cheaper and be able to go shopping before or after. This theater tends to have more kid-friendly movies but will have a scary movie such as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, andJennifer’s Body. As an added bonus, senior citizens (55 and older) get one free popcorn with ticket purchase.
4600 West Kellogg,
Matinee (Before 6pm) $5.00
Evening (6 pm and Later) $7.00
Children (3-12) $5.00
Seniors, Students and Military $5.00
Make sure you bring cash; this theater does not accept checks or debit/credit cards.