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Still listed in the 1954 edition but as only seating 200
Was also known as the Caste Theatre
Another article from the November 30th, 2014 edition of the Rawlins Daily Times
Sinclair eyes restoration of downtown parks, trees, theater
By DAVID LOUIS Rawlins Daily Times Nov 30, 20
SINCLAIR — A revitalization is sweeping through historic downtown Sinclair. Fast on the heels of this summer’s project to revive Kistler’s Fountain after more than 60 years, town officials have set their sights on more improvements.
Next to be completed by the end of the year or early 2015 — depending on the weather — is a new pavilion in Washington Park.
The new, larger pavilion will replace one that has never been functional, said Lezlee Musgrave, Sinclair town clerk and treasurer.
“Before, we had a small pavilion that only a couple of picnic tables could fit under,” Musgrave said. “With the new one, we will be able to fit up to 88 people under it. The pavilion is going to be a really great improvement to our park.”
Along with increased capacity, the pavilion will also include a counter top with electrical outlets.
“We have a lot of residents and nonresidents who reserve our park for family reunions, picnics, graduation ceremonies, things like that,” Musgrave said. “We wanted to make it more user-friendly.”
Along with sprucing up the town’s historic plaza, city officials have also continued work on several beautification projects, including urban forestation.
Sinclair has had the distinction of being a Tree City USA town for the past three years.
The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.
Participating communities demonstrate a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. Together, the more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities are home to more than 135 million Americans.
“When (Parco) was built in the 1920s, there were so many trees planted,” Musgrave said. “Most of them were cottonwood. Now they are very old. Every year, we go through town and cut down the dangerous or dead trees and replace them with different types of trees to give the town a unique look.”
On the horizon, Sinclair officials will soon turn their attention to restoring the 1924 town theater.
Though the theater has been used over the years to host town functions, no films have graced a silver screen since the early 1960s, said Town Councilman Leif Johansson.
“In 1970, the town tried to reopen it as a theater, and that didn’t go over too well. It has been closed ever since,” Johansson added.
In its heyday, the theater would have been an interior designer’s dream with its Spanish motif, hand-painted walls, art deco fixtures, leather-covered seats and deep-pile carpeting.
“It is still pretty much all original,” Johansson said. “Everything is pretty much as you would have seen it in the 1920s.”
The theater is one of the few buildings still owned by the city.
“As far as renovating the theater goes, we’ve really only just started raising the money,” Johansson said. “We are looking at keeping it as original as possible and keeping it a town building and community theater.”
The remodeling work will include replacement of the electrical wiring, plumbing, stucco and fascia work, asbestos removal and relocation of the ticket booth to its original placement in front of the theater.
The majority of the funding needed to complete the work will come from community business grants, said Wendy Faldowski, Sinclair’s assistant treasurer.
“We are going to look into a community business grant for planning and design,” Faldowski said. “This will help us put the design together as well as take care of structure, engineering and environmental concerns.”
Sinclair officials expect construction to begin sometime next year.
Here’s an excellent article from the March 22nd, 2015 edition of the Casper Star-Tribune about the theatre.
Sinclair hopes old will become new again at theater
Project is part of town revitalization
By LAURA HANCOCK Star-Tribune staff writer Mar 22, 2015
SINCLAIR – In the lobby of the old movie theater, it’s drafty. The plaster is peeling. There is a tricycle, a kiddie kitchen and other items stored by the town’s recreation center.
But take a few steps further into the seating area, and community members will talk about the potential.
The 312 varnished wooden seats. The stage from which to drop a screen. The bright, hand-painted flourishes and geometric designs on the walls that match the building’s Spanish Colonial-style architecture.
No one has watched a show at the Sinclair Theatre, built in 1924, since the 1970s.
But the community, which most people identify by its oil refinery, craves an artistic renaissance. They want to restore the theater. The project is part of a larger, ongoing effort to revitalize downtown by tapping into the past to create a richer Main Street.
“We’re going back to as much original as possible,” said Wendy Faldowski, vice chairwoman of the Sinclair Theatre Restoration Committee and the town’s assistant treasurer.
Sinclair used to be called Parco, which stands for Producers and Refiners Corp. The refinery company owned the town from the time it built it in 1924 until the late 1960s.
Parco built the theater and other buildings in town with masonry and beige stucco in a distinct Spanish style. Their roofs are covered with clay tiles. Arches that are prominent in Spanish Colonial architecture serve as doorways.
It was a vibrant little community in the first decades, said Leif Johansson, chairman of the restoration committee and a town councilman. There was a barber and a soda font.
“They had dances at the Parco Hotel,” Johansson said. “They had bands in the recreation hall, live bands then. They were things going on. They had a bowling alley. They had a coffee shop. They had a little grocery store.”
Johansson dated the town’s decline to 1970, when Interstate 80 opened and rerouted traffic just south of Sinclair. Traffic had previously passed through downtown on the portion of U.S. 30, known as the Lincoln Highway.
Like the old movie theater, the other buildings are still there, with different occupiers.
Today, the town has about 500 residents, many of whom are family members looking for entertainment. There is no place in Sinclair to catch a flick.
For live performances, people travel to Casper, Denver or Laramie.
The restoration committee wants to show second-run movies on the silver screen. Raise the screen, and community and professional groups could perform on the sage.
They believe the restored movie theater will be visited by Sinclair residents, and residents in Rawlins and other nearby Carbon County communities, since there aren’t many movie theaters or playhouses around.
“The town will maintain the building so we can offer activities at a discount rate,” Johansson said. “That way, no one will have to worry about profits.”
Brandon Taylor, a renovation committee member, performed as a professional stage actor in New York and California for six years before returning to the area to raise a family. A local theater company he’s involved with, Upllift Community Players, wants to perform in a small, intimate space like the Sinclair Theater.
Live performances to Carbon County currently play at Rawlins High School, which has an auditorium that seats 1,000, Taylor said.
Taylor’s wife is a classically trained ballerina who owns a dance studio. Its production of “The Nutcracker” each year that could also use the facility, he said. “Anybody culturally who wants to come in and do a production, it would be a space,” he said. “It would be a stage with some seats, something that’s hard to come by, and a very cool and interesting space.”
Restoration of the theater will cost more than $3 million and take two years, Taylor said.
The committee has launched a GoFundMe page to accept donations for the project. It will try to obtain state and local grants.
It needs bathrooms and other features that can be accessible to patrons in wheelchairs. The committee wants to move the ticket booth and concession stand to other parts of the building. The theater needs asbestos abatement and a modern film projection system.
Quality of life
Communities throughout Wyoming are upgrading their downtowns to draw more people and nightlife and enhance residents’ quality of life, and Sinclair is no exception.
“We’ve wanted to do a Main Street like all the big towns are doing, and our Main Street goes from the end of the refinery all the way to 10th (Street),” Faldowski said.
The town has finished restoring a fountain on the plaza and a pavilion in the city park. It moved an old Union Pacific caboose in the town park and will build a deck in front of it to draw live, outdoor concerts, Johansson said.
Work on the theater is next, and it could be the upgrade that will entice people to leave their homes and go downtown, like people did last century.
“It’s unique,” Taylor said. “You don’t see many theaters like this.”
The only two names this theatre has had is Liberty Bell Theatre and later became the Fox Theatre when it was taken over by the Fox Theatre Circuit on August 1st, 1935.
The Internarional Ammusement Company (under ownership of Henry Goodridge) purchased a lot on the northwest corner of 6th and Harrison Avenue in 1917 for $5,000. The property was occupied by a two-story frame building that was occupied by a tailor and a grocery store. The site was chosen because of the natural slope of the lot, making it perfect for a theatre. They demolished this and began construction on the theatre which opened on January 5th, 1919. Stock certificates were sold to locals prior to the opening. Leadville was chosen because of the large number of compny stockholders living in that town.
It was a two-story brick structure that was 36 x 124 feet. It boasted being fireproof as well as possessing modern heating, lighting and ventilation systems. Construction was completed at the cost of $25,000.
The Liberty Bell did house the occasional stage show, such French master violinist Josef D'Harvarda for one week in March of 1919 when he performed for sold out houses each night.
The Tabor Opera House was located right across the street and also served as a movie theater from the teens through roughly the 1950s. I have heard tales about how the two venues (Tabor and Liberty Bell/Fox) often shared a projectionist who kept busy running across the street throughout the night.
Also, this theatre was NEVER damaged, demolished, closed or anything else of the sort because of fire. It did make a firefly place in history when on June 29th, 1942, theatre employees were burning trash behind the theatre & not properly supervising it causing Boytom’s Garage next door to catch fire and suffer extensive damage. The theatre refused to pay for the damage and when the garage owners sued, the judge ruled on the theatre’s favor.
The Liberty Bell/Fox closed in 1963 due to the 44 year old theatre needing extensive repairs and becoming too expensive to maintain. The Lake County Commissioners purchased the building hoping to put their offices in it but upon receiving bids discovered it would be more cost effective to build a new structure and ended up demolishing it and subsequently putting a parking on the site.
It also was NEVER known as the “New Fox”-that was a completely different venue (which did meet its fate thru an arson fire).
3950 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs CO 80917
I could be wrong but I’ve never heard this theatre called just the Cinema De Aurora. Cinema Latino de Aurora is what it’s called. It’s also been the Super Saver 8 as well as the Aurora 8.
Buckingham Village 6 was the theatre’s actual name
Sadly, this theatre closed at some point after April of 2014.
The Broadmoor Little Theatre-this theatre’s official name dating back to the resort and theatre’s 1918 opening-is NOT closed. I cannot say it never has been (in reference to the closed in 2001 statement) but as of right now, it is alive and well screening second run and classic films (free admission) for hotel guests and members as well as being used for occasional live events.
It is listed in the FDY of 1928 as seating 300. In the mid to late 1990s, the booth equipment was “upgraded” and the pair of Simplex E7 projectors (with carbon arc lamphouses) that were being torn out and disposed of ended up being donated to The Rialto Theatre in Loveland. They sat dormant there for a few years up in the booth while the Rialto Theatre Guild raised funds for their restoration. Once these funds were raised, the carbon arc lamp houses and original pedestals were replaced with 2 fairly modern consoles which the original magazines/projector heads/sound heads were attached to. These were still in the Rialto booth as of 2012 and I’d be a bit surprised if they were not still. I ran and maintained these machines at the Rialto for many years. Some interesting trivia that any other former operators reading this will find interesting is that the upper magazines had BOTH common reel end alarms installed and active-both the centrifugal alarms at the end of the shaft that once the upper reel started spinning at a certain speed, it would sound three “dings” in rapid succession as well as the older one in which an arm rode along the top of the film on the reel and once the remaining film ran down to a certain point, the arm would drop and ring a bell on the outside of the magazine giving of one loud “plink”.
Anyway, (back to the Broadmore Little Theatre) I am almost positive that these machines were replaced with modern 35mm gear and I seem to remember a friend of mine from Tankersley Enterprises commenting about the projectionist being a very elderly man who’d been the Broadmoor projectionist for decades and that the booth was one that was tricky to access (only by ladder) but these last two tidbits may be wrong.
Also, what is the sources for information that leads CC44 to believe that it was operated by Westland and the United Artists (or any circuit/commercial operator,for that matter)? I don’t have a lot of history on this theatre to really debate this statement however it seems odd to me that the hotel would outsource the operation of one of their resort amenities and I truly can’t see how the operation of a 300 seat, single screen theatre within the main hotel building of a luxury resort (that exists in a city that has been filled with every variety of motion picture theatre imaginable since the turn of the last century) would be of any interest to any for-profit operator. Additionally, I can’t imagine any 5-star resort permitting, let alone encouraging, the general public to come to their establishment on a regular basis simply to attend a movie, nor can I imagine the public wishing to forgo all other local theatres and trek out to the resort to watch an ordinary film. Again, I have no facts to back my sentiments up; all I know on this end is that the theatre has, throughout time, opened the theatre up to the general public for a number of specific special events/shows and I also know that their website currently states: “Movies are shown in the Little Theatre. All movies are subject to change.
Movies are complimentary for Guests & Members.
Matinee Showings are 12:00pm on Saturdays & 2:00pm on Sundays.”
Does this mean that non members/guests are permitted (perhaps with paid admission)? Have regular film screenings historically been for guests/members only? This I don’t know. Assuming, however, that the general public has never been welcome to such screenings and that they have always extended these free screenings to guests, (which wouldn’t surprise me in the least), this almost certainly would make such a venue out of consideration for any commercial operator.i also would be curious to know where the stated 1960 opening year came from as the theatre was opened with the hotel in 1918.
Is there any chance that there was another regular theatre in the city called The Broadmoor?
I hope someone comes forward with some solid facts as this is an extremely interesting theatre in a number of different ways.
I only live about 2 ½ hours from the Broadmoor and certainly will try to get in there to take some photos and perhaps even gather some history, if I can locate a knowledgable source. With that said, my list of research projects is miles long, not to mention the endless amount of “things to do” in my real life/career so I can’t say how quickly I can get to this.
All rambling/guessing/reminiscing aside, here is a summary of the facts I know:
As of December 2015, this theatre is Open showing second run and classic films as well as being used for live theater/events. Status should be changed accordingly.
The theatre has existed since the resort opened in 1918-42 years prior to the 1960 opening year currently given.
Booth once contained 2 Simplex E7 projectors with 2k magazines and carbon arc lamphouses. They were retired in the mid to late 1990s at which point they were donated to the Rialto Theatre in Loveland, Co which put them back into service around 2001 and where as of 2012, they are still installed.
Opened July 26th, 1967. Operated by General Cinema Theatres until being sold to Mann on June 22nd, 1984.
Listed in the FDY of 1928 without seating count
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on December 5, 2015 at 5:35 pm (remove)
The Film Daily Yearbook of 1928 lists both the Jazz (seating 498) and the Zazza-Jazz (no seating count listed). With that said, both these individual listings share the identical address of 1751 Larimer St.
Like Joe, I too have read and am familiar with “Denver’s Old Theatre Row: The Story of Curtis Street and its Glamorous Show Business”(well written book filled with awesome pictures and great for reference-a must have if you find a copy) and if memory serves, I would agree that these were recounted as separate theatres and the FDY listing I mentioned makes one wonder if the mistake was them being listed as two venues or if it was in the same address being listed for both of these individual houses; it appears fairly clear there was a mistake of some sort. I suppose it may be worth entertaining the idea, however, that perhaps 1751 Larimer was an extremely large building, possibly consuming the entire block, which had two theatres under one roof.
We all know the FDY, while a godsend to us historians, was often plagued with misprints and erroneous information. I have yet to find any such issues with “Denver’s Old Theatre Row” however one must kee in mind that A. Me. Johnson was, like the editors of FDY, only human (an elderly on as well at the time he wrote it) and possibly made a mistake or two himself and/or had a slip of memmory B. A common handicap it dared with the FDY was that it too was published nearly 40 years ago; long before Internet/free calling/email and other such modern accoutrements that make research today more accurate/easy and C. The history contained in this book is from the 1880s-mid 1920s- there are not many human beings from the latest er even alive anymore, let alone anyone who was an adult at the time so an error would be much less noticeable/much harder to find the true fact than one found in, let’s say, a 1945 FDY issue.
Hopefully someone can set this right before much more time slips by.
Still listed as open/seating 450 in 1928
There are 3 listings in the FDY of 1940
The Colorado listed as seating 500 and closed
The Orpheum (Glen) listed as seating 360
The New as seating 300
This would certainly lead one to believe that the Colorado and the New were 2 separate theatres however, the only 2 listings in the 1951 addition do make things sort of confusing:
Glen listed as seating 470
Colorado as seating 290
Canyon Drive-In (listed in the DI section)
The Colorado has a much smaller capacity than the 500 listed in ‘40, although one that more closely matches the 300 the New was listed as holding. Also, it’s no longer listed as closed.
Of course, it’s also hard to miss the 110 seat increase in the Glen which was the exact same theatre as the Orpheum of '40 but wonky seating counts seemed to be a common occurrence in the FDY.
Any clarification would be most helpful.
Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942 as seating 650
Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942 as seating 600
Status should be changed to DEMOLISHED. Yes, completely wiped off the map in fall of 2013 for the construction of a hiddeous box that serves as a movie and live theatre owned by the Twin Valley Players.
It’s funny how so many of these “renovation” and sometimes even “Restoration” projects become “scrape/new construction” projects due to “structural concerns” once the said group had already milked every possible donation and grant out of the community they victimized.
Wonder how the Troutman family feels about their decision to donate grandma' s old theatre to these clowns?
Listed in the Theatre Trade Directory of 1985-86 as being part of the Theatre Operators, Inc circuit of Bozeman, MT
A projector from the Echo that now lives at the local museum
Arlen Gupton listed as the owner/operator in the 1985-86 Theatre Trade Directory
Closed in 2005. Was Kitty’s South as of 1985, according to the Theatre Trade Directory of 1985-1986
Kitty’s South should be added to the list of previous names
Was operating as: Kitty’s Cine Art as per of the Kitty’s chain
in 1985, according to the Theatre Trade Directory of 1985-1986. This should be added to previous names
I know I’d sure love to see it, DAK. I’m guessing a good number of other folks would too!
I think whenever anyone has any sort of relic from a theatre, detailed photos or scans should ALWAYS be uploaded. I see CT as sort of a virtual museum/archive and it’s so important everyone contribute everything they can. It would be fabulous if one day, every theatre that ever existed had a listing here and every known fact and personal memory was recorded in the comments or description,every existing photo uploaded to the photos section and every surviving document/relic scanned/photographed in detail and then uploaded to photos.
I think quite a few people think that the photo section is simply for photos of the building itself and that’s absolutely not the case.
I just posted scans of a ticket (front and back) I own for the Silver.
It’s really sad how many theatres have rapidly faded away into nothing but foggy memories. I’ve run across more locations than I can count where not even the local museum was aware it ever existed and the only known vestige of its life is a painfully vague listing in Film Daily Yearbook. I always wonder if somewhere there is a photograph in a family album, a stack of show calendars buried in some grandma’s basement or even some lonely, elderly person who once owned/managed/worked at/patronized any given theatre with vivid memories of the theatre in question; this elder may be the last (or one of the last) living ties to the place and growing dangerously closer to death each day-not only of them as a person but of their unique and priceless memories as well should they go unrecorded (which is all too often the case).
I’d even bet that in many cases (particularly in small, isolated communities), the theatres themselves may still stand but for nobody to recognize as their theatrical days ended too long ago for any living person to recal and no existing record of its former function.
Our theatres and drive-ins are just too important to our history for us to allow them to vanish. These venues were so much to the communities they served.
It will take all of us to bring whatever shred of the past we may have or know of to the table here to ensure this not happen.