Movie-house mogul Bill Warren, buffeted by public backlash to the city’s $6 million loan to his struggling Old Town theater, is asking his audience members for feedback on what they want and how to make the theater succeed. You’d think he and his partners in the Old Town Warren might have a revival plan worked out already, as a condition of the loan, right? Still, it’s smart to try to get Wichitans on his side by asking them what they want to see. And he might actually get some good ideas.
Some think an art film house could be the ticket for the upscale, condo/urban adult audience that lives and plays downtown. Others think showing classic or offbeat movies would draw a crowd. At any rate, Warren might do well to consider something along these niche lines that stands out as a departure from the usual moviegoing fare.