WICHITA — A number of people are wondering about future dates they've booked at the Crown Uptown Theatre, whether it's for private parties or to see shows.
There's good news and bad news.
"If I can work it out through the city, I have several weddings that I have talked to that I have told them I would go ahead and do it," says Karen Morris, who owns the building.
She doesn't have a liquor license, though, so she's checking into whether a caterer with a license is sufficient.
"I can't imagine going through that nightmare of having all these plans and then having everything turned upside down," Morris says of wedding parties that are booked there. "I'm trying to work with them and get something going for them."
Since Morris isn't the one who took deposits on parties — Crown Uptown Management, which leased space from her, did — she can't refund them. She says even if a group has already paid a deposit, she'll still have to charge a nominal amount to pay for electricity and cleaning.
For any Crown Uptown customers who still have tickets or gift certificates, they can now use them at Mosley Street Melodrama.
The Old Town theater will honor Crown Uptown tickets and certificates to use for Mosley Street shows.
"They are welcome to come see the show at no cost," says Steve Hitchcock of Mosley Street.
If the customers want dinner, too, they'll have to pay an extra $12.
"We're hoping that it kind of builds more of an audience for us," Hitchcock says of inviting Crown customers.
He hopes people "come here and fall in love with it and want to come back."