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Crown Uptown Theatre management group faces state tax delinquencies in addition to a federal lien

WICHITA — An almost $62,000 federal tax lien isn't all the group running the Crown Uptown Theatre is facing.

Earlier this week, Have You Heard? reported that Uptown Management Group, which took over the theater near Douglas and Hillside in 2009, is behind on federal taxes.

According to state figures filed this week, the group also owes almost $84,000 in state taxes.

"Well that's not accurate because they're estimating," says Robert Brinkley, the group's manager.

He can't say how much the group owes.

"We're still working out the details. I really don't want to say something that's inaccurate."

Brinkley says he doesn't want anyone to get the wrong idea, though.

"I can tell you this . . . we're moving forward."

One thing that hasn't moved forward is the costume shop Brinkley previously told Have You Heard? that he planned.

He hoped to open Uptown Emporium & Costume Shop in the former Persian Bazaar space next to Crown Uptown. Brinkley says he planned to have it open by Halloween.

"We just didn't get it done in time."

He can't say if he'll open it this year.

"I don't know."

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