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There was another movie house in Malad City named Aldia and it was located on Pig Alley.
Thank you for your post. Yes, there were two theaters in Malad City going back to the 1920’s and earlier. The earliest on was the Aldea Theater located on a short, narrow street named Pig Alley and the other theater was the Star located on No. Main Street. The Star was built in the early 1920’s and had a small Wicks theater pipe organ that accompanied the silent pictures. I have many happy childhood memories of times spent at the Aldea and Star theaters in Malad City, Idaho
The Aldea Theater was operating long before 1945, it was the first theater in Malad City, Idaho. It was a long narrow building and the seats were on either side of a central isle and as I recall no balcony so the capicity was quite limited.
Thank you for posting the picture, however; it is not of the Downey theater in Downey, Idaho. I will try to locate the picture that I have and post it here. Incidentally, the Downey theater and the confectionary (soda fountain) have been somewhat refurbished and is open from time to time as a live stage playhouse.
I have just returned from a Memorial Day visit to Downey, Idaho. I have a picture of the Downey Theatre to post but, that feature is not working at this time, I will post the picture as soon as I can
I grew up in Downey, Idaho and saw many movies at the Downey theatre during the 1940s' & 50s', it was a small movie house probably 40 or 50 seats. Next to the theater was a soda fountain called the confectionary, you could enter from the street or from the theatre lobby. The last movie I saw there was while visiting family in Downey about 1978, the movie was “Tootsie”, pretty racie for a small Mormon farming community. After the theater closed someone opened a 2nd hand store in the lobby. I believe it sits empty today.