Rine Center for Performing Arts is coming to former Immanuel Baptist Church on South Hillside

WICHITA — When last we checked with Janet and Grant Rine, they’d decided not to move their Old Town Architectural Salvage to the former Immanuel Baptist Church at 147 S. Hillside.

They bought the former church and adjacent school in April but decided to put plans on hold for a while.

Now, they’re moving forward by trying to get commercial zoning for what likely will be called the Rine Center for Performing Arts.

“It’s a slow, painful process,” Janet Rine says.

“It just takes time to jump through all the hoops and get everybody on the same page,” she says. “Sometimes it’s just difficult to be progressive.”

Kathy Page-Hauptman and Ann-Marie Rogers will book and produce shows that Rine says will create “a niche that’s not being met in Wichita.”

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