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The Silver City Cinema is not and never was the same theater as the Liberty Bell/Fox. The Silver City Cinema was a single screen theater that was built into a completely different, one story building, back in the 1980s or 90s. The said building had never been a theater before this conversion and the Silver City Cinema closed just a few years ago leaving Leadville with no movie theaters.
The Liberty Bell later became the Fox,burned down in the 1960s and the ruins were demolished. I do not know much past this however.
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.
The name and history in this listing, needless to say, needs some drastic revision as it is completely misleading and inaccurate. The Silver City Cinema needs its own listing and the status of this theater needs to be listed as closed/demolished.
According to an old matchbook I own (uploading an image soon), the address is 12600 East Colfax
One film I forgot to mention in the Honorable Mentions is:
“They Live” (1988, Color & B&W, 2.35, 35mm, 93min)
Sunday, April 17th at 7:00pm ONLY
Please do NOT replace you’re current projectors…especially the Motiograph, which in my opinion is the finest machine ever made. The Motiograph tends to be very forgiving, even when one neglects to maintain them, although this is never acceptable. I have an old Motiograph AAA in one of my theaters that still runs like a charm, every night, and has never given us any trouble. In fact, all but two of my theaters have 50-70 year old projectors and the only two theaters I have consistent booth problems with are the two with 10 year old equipment.
Your equipment can be as good as new with a little work by a tech experienced with such equipment. So long as you have upgraded to red readers for the sound, your equipment is far from obsolete and will most likely outlive the newborn babies born yesterday!
With the exception of Century (who was still making quality equipment into the early 1980s), the projectors of the past 35 years are mostly junk. Especially when you start dealing with the belt-driven and inexpensively made Christie, Kinoton and Horizon projectors which are what are widely used in modern movie theaters.
I’m not sold on the fact that digital will be taking over any time soon however assuming it does, your best bet still would be to simply take care of what you presently have until you can convert.
By the way, I’m not speaking as an “old timer” set in my ways…I am actually in my 20s and quite progressive regarding the operation of my theaters. I grew up in the business and currently run 8 theaters. I know what works and what does not…especially in the booth.
KEEP YOUR OLD MACHINES! You are very fortunate to have them!
Yes, I have seen that image and that is indeed the marquee. The theater sat a little ways back behind it. The Arrow was the other Drive-In in town (not listed on CT but I have mentioned it a couple times on The Lamar Drive-In page) and the Kar-Vu was in Springfield, a town about 50 miles south of Lamar on the Oklahoma border. It closed recently and has a page on here. I visited it recently and added a comment about what I saw.
It appears that what little remains of the Unique is yet again in peril. The current owner seems to be having trouble coming up with the funds to complete the renovation and would sooner just bulldoze the entire thing than mess with it anymore and the city is demanding that the owner clean up what he started or else they will demolish it and repossess the land. You can read about it all at the Salida Mountain Mail (newspaper) website…simply search “Unique Theater”.
This theater is a beautiful, well-maintained gem in Western Nebraska. I visited in February of 2010 for a screening of “The Tooth Fairy”…the presentation was excellent. The seating and soundsystem are brand new but the rest of the theater retains a 1940s, red and white decor. The theater features a boxoffice that sits out on the street, a very large lobby and two small balconies that flank the projection booth. Admission to the balcony is higher than general admission. The corner of the lobby near the concession stand features many historic pictures and artifacts from the theater’s history. There is also a beautiful, vertically raising curtain that is still used for every show. Certainly a must see when in the area.
Certainly a charming, vintage theater that still graces the small, Western Nebraska town of Kimball. Still features a functioning curtain that is opened before each movie and closed afterward. There is no balcony. Seats, carpet and paint are newer and very nice. That said, the theater still retains its vintage charm. Attended a screening of “St. Patrick’s Day” here in February of 2010 and the presentation was excellent. Be sure to visit when in the area!
It was owned and operated by a man named Don Trujillo as of 1984 (this information came from Bob Tankersley’s theater directory that year)
It was most likely not built yet. The other drive in I mentioned was called the Arrow (I believe) and I believe that the Lamar was built to replace it (in a new location) due to a fire or some other undesired closure.
A very nice, art deco gem in a small yet thriving Colorado mountain community. The facade indeed does the theater no justice. I have attended a couple movies here and it is a charming place to take in a movie. The auditorium walls are covered with blue fabric, most likely from a 1970s renovation but all of the other original, art deco accents are still present. The ceiling is a stunning plaster design, original to the theater’s opening. It could use some restoration as there is a little bit of water damage due to a past owner neglecting the roof. The seats appear to be original. They are red in color and have a very nice 1940s look to them. A few were removed at the ends in the center of the auditorium to accommodate wheelchairs It was owned at one time by Stan Pratt who owned many theaters across Colorado. The present owners are Kelly and Jacinto Iniguez but they have sold it to the city who will take over ownership in August. The city’s intentions are presently unclear. The booth contains a Simplex XL projector and SPECO platters. There is also a small apartment above the theater which is presently rented out.
Don’t let the front deceive you…this is a very beautiful theater inside. While outside, however, be sure to check out the beautiful, golden bricks that make up the exterior walls.
I visited the Capitol on July 10th, 2010. It is indeed a well preserved and little known gem and the above comments are certainly accurate. The interior has a general 1950s decor and a red color scheme with some beautiful, lite colored, wood paneling in the lobby (actual wood, not the cheap laminate stuff from the 1970s). The tickets are sold directly inside, where you pass through a narrow hall that serves as the box office and concession stand. At the end of that, there is a large mezzanine before you enter the auditorium. The seats in the auditorium are new-ish and very comfortable. They still do serve pizza to your seat if you want. The lower half of the auditorium walls are quite remarkable; they are covered in 1970s-era carpet samples and are extremely beautiful while adding an elegant splash color to the auditorium. These, sadly, will be removed and replaced by a more modern form of acoustic wall covering in the near future.
The booth is a very small, steel booth from the nitrate era. It contains platters and Brenkert projector. The presentation and sound were very good. There is no balcony in this theater, which dates back to at least the 1940s. It was owned and operated until the year 2000 by Ruby Ross, who closed the Capitol to run the Kar-Vu Drive In in town which she also used. The current manager is a very friendly, younger lady who although no relation to ms. Ross, has deep family roots in the theater business.
This theater is not to be missed when in Springfield!
I visited the Kar Vu on July, 10th, 2010. Most everything is still there and in great shape. The siding and “screen” part of the screen tower was removed and the tower its self was tipped over so that the screen area now lays on its face on the ground, however the steel skeleton is still laying at the front of the theater intact. A company was attempting to buy the property to build a motel on the site and began demolition but the deal fell through before they got very far. All speaker poles have been removed as well as most of the fencing but the ramps remain, although overgrown with weeds. The one story, cinder-block snack bar/concession area is still there and in pretty good shape. The booth is complete with all accessories (including old trailers) but the rectifier, xenon lamphouse (4k watt) and platters are gone. The Simplex E-7 projector still sits there on a Ballantyne base with a flat lens in the barrel. The snack bar is rather empty but still has its vintage popcorn machine and grill. In between the booth and snack bar area, there is a small viewing area with about 20 seats and 2 speakers where patrons could sit and watch the movie without a car. The theater was owned and operated until the year 2000 by Ms. Ruby Ross who also owned and operated The Capitol Theater in town until the same year. The theater did switch to FM radio before closing.
With major renovation to the screen and some cleaning up and updating in the booth, this theater could easily be reopened but time is running out as more and more years of neglect occur. The residents of Springfield would love to have it back!
Status Should Be Changed to “Closed” as opposed to “Demolished”
I am sad to report that as of July 11th, 2010, the Ritz along with the historic hotel next door, have been demolished. I am told that this was done in late 2009. A group formed to try to save it but failed. Now, Las Animas’s historic downtown now has a huge, gaping hole in it…that is what they call progress!
Status Must Be Changed To “DEMOLISHED”
Mark: the original management team is completely gone. They are what helped kill the last incarnation of the theater, both structurally and economically. The place has been completely remodeled and is simply gorgeous. I am in Glenwood now helping them get things running successfully but sadly, I cannot stay forever since I have theaters of my own as well as my personal life in Northern Colorado, some 300 miles Northeast. This is a sweet little theater in a very beautiful and fun part of Colorado.
Mark, are you interested in the theater as either management or projection? If so, please email me! Thanx
Just the first sentence alone of this article is disgustingly incorrect. There are three arthouse theaters in Boulder,one of which (the International Film Series) is full time. Below is the information.
The International Film Series. This is the oldest operating arthouse film series in the state of Colorado. It started in 1941 screening films in the University Theater on the CU-Boulder Campus. In 1983, it moved to the Muenzinger Theater (which was constructed that year) where it still screens films to this day. In 2006, it also expanded its screenings to the state-of-the-art twin screening rooms in the ATLAS building. It will expand yet again in a 250 seat theater that will be in the Visual Arts Building when construction is finished early 2010. It screens arthouse, independant, classic ans international films Tuesday-Sunday primarily in the 35mm format with some being presented in 16mm or digital. It still employs two experienced union projectionists. It is sponsered by CU Boulder’s Film Studies department and is open to the public.
Canyon Theater, Boulder Public library. Classic, international and arthouse fare is presented here free of charge about 3 times per week and is programed by Boulder’s own Joel Haertling. The shows are an even mix of 16mm and digital.
The Boulder Theater. This historic multi-use theater on the Pearl Street mall shows about 1-2 arthouse films per month on either 35mm or digital.
As of my visit to Laramie to-day (October 4th,2009), The Fox has been completely demolished and no vestige of this beautiful theater. A lady at a shop next door told me that it took them all summer to complete and the last of its removal occured very recently. Very sad day.
***STATUS SHOULD BE CHANGED TO CLOSED/DEMOLISHED
Oh Good God, I sure hope not. Cinemark must be one of the worst circuits ever. Their theaters may be grand, but their presentation is lousy,theaters dirty and often in bad repair, rude staff…the list just goes on endlessly! I personally will never set foot in a Cinemark owned theater again. AMC on the other hand has always been fairly good from what I’ve seen.
*** It may be petty but there was a minor typing error in my listing. It reads “It appears the rest of the land will soon be demolished. I believe this drive in was still operating until around 1995.”
This should read “It appears the rest of the land will soon be developed and the remaining building will be demolished. I believe this drive in was still operating until around 1995.”
Administrators: Please correct this.
As of a month or so ago, the site remains the same as I initially described it.
*** There is a mistake in the theater’s description (on my part): it reads “Mr. Richards sold the theater in 1946 who sold the theater two years later to R.L. "Mickey” & Ola Stanger of Frederick, Colorado.“ this should be corrected to "Mr. Richards sold the theater in 1946 to Ben Riggs who sold the theater two years later to R.L. "Mickey” & Ola Stanger of Frederick, Colorado."
Also, in my last sentence, “er book” should read “her book.”
Sorry for these typing mistakes. It would be great if an administrator could correct this.
The drive-in ran year round for at least part of (if not all) its life. In car heaters could be borrowed from the concession stand, hung from one’s window and plugged into the speaker poll.
***a few rows of the original in-car speakers still exist.
Maybe it would be a good idea to get a hold of Mr. Webb. After all, the Sunset was his competition, albeit for a very short time.
Just visited the Holiday Twin again tonight (4-20-09) for a showing of “17 Again) and "Knowing” on screen 2. This theater is a real class act. The restrooms and snack bar have been beautifully renovated since my last visit.
Also, they still include many wonderful, classic snipes and trailers. The show started out with a 2-minute or so vintage trailer (1950’s?) welcoming patrons to the drive-in and suggesting that “patrons make this drive-in a weekly habit.” At intermission, a short 2-minute trailer (newer) ran basically telling of the drive-in theater business' fragile state and encouraging patrons to visit the concession stand to help keep the theater open. Followed by that was a vintage (1950’s or 1960’s) 10-minute intermission clock, the same one that was used in “Grease.” I was chatting with the manager, a very friendly guy, who showed me the booth. I could not make out what kind of lamphouses they had but they were originally carbon arcs and converted to xenon. The platters were Christie and I believe that the projection heads were Simplex XL’s but they may have been 35’s.
God bless the owner for keeping this theater open. It is in the western end of town which is very beautiful. When viewing a film on screen 2, the screen is surrounded by the beautiful foothills. There are housing developments on 3 sides of the theater. I’d imagine the land is worth nothing short of a fortune!
This drive-in was built in 1954 By longtime Colorado theater owners/operators R.L. (Mickey) and Ola Stanger. It was known as the Evans Walk-In/Drive-In due to the fact that there was a building off the concession stand that had about 50 theater seats, speakers and a large picture window facing the screen so that customers could watch the features even if they did not have a car. The screen faced away from West Evans Avenue. A King Soopers now sits on the site. The Stangers owned the property from the very beginning until it was sold to King Soopers. They operated the theater from 1954 until 1969 when they moved to Estes Park to run the drive-in up there that they had recently purchased (and later The Park Theatre as well) at which point they leased The Evans out. The popcorn machine that was purchased new for the drive-in in 1954 was later moved up to The Park Theatre in Estes Park where it still serves to this day. I will try to get some more details such as the year of the closing and demolition.