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The building is not empty, it is Paunies Dancing school and has been for many years. Many of the people in Blackfoot know it was once a movie theater, but not when it was, or what it was called. The outside is not covered with dark bricks, but with lava rock.
My dad grew up on Broadway in Blackfoot and has told me about The Idaho theater. He said he and his best friend used to walk to the Roxy theater a block away while his mother watched to make sure he went there. He would talk to the high school box office girl until his mother went inside, then he and his friend would race down the street and turn the corner where they would actually go to a scifi movie in the Idaho. They would have gotten into trouble if their mothers knew, but they wanted to see such movies like “The Swamp Thing”. Apparently that is where many of the drunks from the many bars in town would spend there time. He recalls hearing beer bottles rolling down the floor as the movie played.