Warren Theatre staff wishes Marvin Autry hadn’t wished everyone a happy holiday

WICHITA — Who is Marvin Autry, and why did he wish Warren Theatre East moviegoers happy Thanksgiving?

That’s what some Warren visitors wondered when they saw, “Marvin Autry says happy Thanksgiving,” on the theater’s marquee last week.

The marquee is the latest in a little joke between theater owner Bill Warren and Autry, who owns Midwest Corporate Aviation.

A couple of years back, Warren lost “some stupid bet” to Autry. Warren claims he can’t remember what it was for, but he had to give Autry his own parking space at the theater, complete with his name on it.

“People over the years have asked about the parking spot,” Warren says.

Then, when Warren named parking lot poles after movie stars to help people remember where they parked, he named one for Autry.

“And so he started getting phone calls and texts and e-mails asking what’s going on,” Warren says. “We told people it’s Gene Autry’s younger brother.”

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Theater owner Bill Warren turns down $2.25 million in advertising

warren.jpgWICHITA — At a time when most businesses are working to bring in more money, Warren Theatres owner Bill Warren is turning it down.

He says he rejected an offer from a national company that represents advertisers to make $450,000 annually in advertising over the next five years. That’s $450,000 net for each year.

“We’re probably one of the only theater companies in the nation that do not do screen advertising in our luxury theaters,” Warren says of places like his Warren Theatre East and Warren Theatre West.

“It was tempting,” he says.

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