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The Lamar Thaeter was the twin to the Gothic and the Gothic was rebuilt as the copy to the Lamar. The Lamar replaced the Pioneer but was built on a diffrent site. My father managed the Pioneer and opened the Lamar as its first manager.
The photos were dated December 1951. This was in the time frame my father managed the theater. From the way the story was told, someone knew that the closet in the office contained two floor safes embedded in concrete and contained the cash from that week sales. Dynamite was placed on top of the safes in order to gain access to them. However you could tell in the photographs that that attempt failed but did do a lot of destruction to the box office an office areas. The gentleman in the photograph is a Englewood detective which appears to be from a Dick Tracy era.
My father would take me to work with him on many occasions and I would stay in the projection booth and became a assistant of sorts. Many years later I worked at the theater changing the marquee letters. I also worked at the Ritz which was also known as the Jewell setting the marquee there.
My father later became the general manager for Atlas Theater Corporation and worked in the Denver office for Charlie Yeager. I think I have been to all of the theaters within the Atlas chain throughout the state on travels with my dad.
“Oh, my uncle also told me that the Lamar Theatre had a “sister” theatre in the Denver area. The Lamar’s art deco look was either modeled from that theatre or vice versa. I don’t know where that theatre was, or if it’s still standing.”
The Gothic Theater in Englewood is the sister theater and was modeled after the Lamar during its remodel.
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The original theater was a burlesquse house with limelights across the front of the stage for light.
My dad managed the Pioneer and the Lamar in Lamar and became the general manager for Atlas Theatre Corp. I rember selling popcorn at the drive in as a very young kid.
I found some old photos and newspaper clippings in our family photos and put them up on flicker:
I found these in old falily photos
My dad managed the theater for many years
I grew up in the projection booth
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