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I am nearly positive that this theatre is NOT open and hasn’t been in a very long time. Perhaps someone knows something I do not but I’d encourage the theatre editor to investigate…
•Theatre’s Physical Address:
909 N. Wisconsin StreetGunnison, Colo. 81230-2650
•It was still operating in 2000 however it had changed its name to “The Flick” at that time. (This should be added to the theaatre’s list of previous names, please.)
•909 N. Wisconsin Street is now occupied by Bethany Baptist Church and has been since at least 2014. Comparing the Google Street view with our circa 2000 photograph, I am more than 85% sure it (the church) is the same building as the theatre but am not certain….
•Telephone number in 2000 was: 970.641.3158
Wow! Awesome story, 356alive and it’s always nice to hear from someone who had such a profound impact on our nation’s cinema history as yourself; having a hand in on building a drive-in back in their original glory days is nothing to laugh at. I wish more people like you would come on this site and tell their own story for posterity. It’s more important than it seems that we all share what facts we personally know, memories we have and/or photographs,memorabilia,artifacts,etc that web own/have access to about about any given theatre. It goes without saying that when someone has left their mark in a theatre’s history such as you have, it’s so very important (not to mention fascinating to us all) that they step forward and identify themselves/their role and share what memories they can.
Last but most certainly not least, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to our country, 356alive! In 1972, I was not even a twinkle in my parent’s eyes and it’s always been disturbing for me to imagine how very, very different and dreadful our lives (especially my life being a minority wherever I might go on the planet) would be if not for the fact that we have had nearly 250 years of brave, selfless and all-around stellar human beings like yourself who have all sacrificed and risked so much in order to ensure our unmatched standard ifnliving here might continue for future generations as well as our own!
Listed in the FDY of 1956, 1964 &1968
•”Fiesta Drive-In” needs to be added to previous names (its listed as such in the FDY of 1964 & 1968)
•Screen count should reflect 2
•Video Independent Theatres (VIT) should be added as s previous operator
Listed in the FDY of 1956, 1964 & 1968
There is a listing fora Chico Drive-In for Espanola in the FDY of 1956. Was that a different theatre or is the 04/28/59 opening date incorrect?
This is one of four photos that is of the Denver Theatre (NOT the Denver Center Cinema) and has absolutely zero relevance here. Additionally; they are not unique to CT’s photos as each one of these is already posted in the Denver Theatre’s gallery…where they belong.
Webmaster, PLEASE REMOVE
The FDY of 1956 lists a Circle B Drive-In for Artesia; a small detail, I know but I wanted to confirm that the “Circle B” is one and the same as the Circle Drive-In/Hermosa Drive-In AND can someone please clarify if this “Circle B” is actually a third name this theatre had over the years or simply a typo either on part of the FDY editor adding a “B” where there shouldn’t be one othe CT contributor omitting one.
Also, the FDY of 1964 lists two drive-ins:
•Hermose Drive-In•Circle B Drivd-In
I’d assume “Hermose” was a misprint for Hermosa (?) but still, that listing clearly leads one to believe that The Hermosa and Circle B were two separate theatres running at the same time. Is that possible? Did Artesia have 2 different ozoners (regardless of whether they were operational at the same time or not)?
Listed in (at least) the FIlm Daily Yearbooks of 1954, 1956 & 1964.
Anything anyone can contribute about this theatre would be extremely helpful and most appreciated!!
You should please scan or photograph the July 1927 calendar you mention, pinesap. I personally would love to see it (as would many others, to be sure!) and this is a good place to virtually preserve and share such treasures for posterity.
Trolleyguy, I’ve wondered that same thing since I first saw that picture myself as a child over 20 years ago! It has be, no?!?!?
Check out the street view! Whatever it is is still there today! I really wish my car wasn’t in the shop-I’d be making a mad dash up there right now to check it out for myself!
It kills me that I’ve never noticed that; I’ve spent a lot of time over the years in Georgetown, particularly looking for that very “booth” and any other theatre-like features on the downtown buildings…
A memory from Jon A Nelson:
“I can remember attending this theater across from The Tackett Movie Theater on 8th Street in the late 40’s. What I remember is that the rest rooms were down front under the screen. The Ismo Theater opened in 1940 and closed in 1950. It seated 466 and was ran by Fox Midwest Amusement Corporation from 1945 to 1950.”
The Skyline opened in 1955 and permanently closed in 1975. Talmadge “Tao Richardson (03.31.1906-06.04.1976) and Naomi Pearl “Pearl” James-Richardson (05.28.1998), longtime Coffeyville theatre operators, owned & operated The Skyline from 1961 until 1975.
The years and info given by Joe Virgil are spot on. I’d also like to add that it was allegedly demolished in 2000 as well.
As promised above, here is the obituary for Mr. Marriage:
Donald O. Marriage, Sr., 87, of Loveland passed away on October 24, 2015. Don was born on March 22, 1928 in Whitetail, MT to Roland and Rose Marriage. He married Betty “B.J.” Williams on December 18, 1948 in Bozeman, MT. Work took Don all over the states including Southern California. He has been a resident in Colorado since 1970.
Don worked at Hughes Aircraft Company for over 35 years where he served as an Aerospace Engineer, retiring in the late 90’s. He served on the Rialto Guild and Restoration Society. Don served proudly in the US Navy during World War II and Korea. He loved the theater and golfing.
Don is survived by his wife of 67 years, B.J.; son Donald O. (Lynn) Marriage of Thornton, CO; daughter Susan (David) Hanken of Webster City, IA; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
Graveside Service 2:00pm Monday, November 2, 2015 at Loveland Burial Park. Please view the online obituary, send condolences and sign the family guest book at www.allnutt.com.
MEMORIES FROM A FRIEND
Don Marriage’s love of theater began when he was young. His first job at age 15 was as an usher in a movie theater and he worked his way through college as a projectionist. He continued to work with theaters in various capacities during his career with the Navy. While serving at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Don managed a 1,500 seat theater and provided technical support to fifteen Navy theaters in his spare time.
Don is a two-time Navy veteran having served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. When his military service was completed, Don went back to graduate school and then worked for Hughes Aircraft “a great company” for 36 years. He brought an innovative defense program to Colorado in 1970. Don retired in 1989 and moved to Loveland in 1993.
One of the first things Don did upon arriving in Loveland was join the Friends of the Rialto and participate in their efforts to renovate and revitalize the historic downtown theater. That goal was accomplished in 1996. When the city agreed to take over the management of the theater in 1998, Don and some of his colleagues formed the Rialto Theater Guild, a group dedicated to the continued refurbishing and upgrading of the building, the fixtures, and equipment. Don served as the first president of the Guild and he has continued to serve on the board as either an active or ex-officio member ever since.
Gibraltar Enterprises Inc. should be added as a previous operator
Gibraltar Enterprises should be added as a previous owner
One source claims the Majestic (later, Rialto) opened in 1910
Barring the possibility of a typo, this ozoner’s name may have had an alternate spelling of:
Park Drive Inn Theatre
See the photos I’ve just posted of an old promotional matchbook (the green colored one) on which the theatre’s name is printed with the aforementioned spelling:–