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OCRon commented about Bay Theatre on Sep 21, 2016 at 11:33 pm

The Gala Opening of the modernized Bay Theatre (formerly the Beach Theatre) was July 17, 1946. It became a Fox West Coast Theatre in June 1946. Long Beach Independent ads are now in the photo section

OCRon commented about Nuart Theater on Sep 18, 2016 at 11:24 pm

The Nuart opened on February 12, 1930.

 This date is from a 1980 interview with Paul and Alice DeMordaunt by Pam Morris for the Idaho State Historical Society’s oral history program. The half-stadium auditorium, designed by Paul’s brother, Walter, seated 620 and cost $120,000. The opening attraction was *Sunnyside Up*, with Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor. 

The Rialto was the first theater Mr. DeMordaunt opened with his partner Hugh Drennen in Blackfoot in 1920 and then they leased the Mission Theatre. They also operated Blackfoot’s Idaho Theatre for many years

In Idaho Falls DeMordaunt and Drennen operated the Rio, Gaiety, Rex, later renamed the Falls and currently the Centre, and Motor-Vu. Their theaters in Rexburg were the Holiday, the Romance, later renamed the Westwood, and the Elk. In St. Anthony and Salmon they operated both Roxy Theatres.

OCRon commented about Noyo Theatre on Sep 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm

The Noyo opened May 4, 1940. News clips in photo section.

OCRon commented about State Theatre on Sep 11, 2016 at 10:41 pm

The address of the State Theatre was 125 S. Main Street. The first movie theatre opened here in May 1912 at the Opera House.

On May 11, 1912, Moving Picture World reported, “L.B. Shaefer will open a motion picture theatre in the Opera House building.”

Now houses Hailey Public Library, corner of Croy and S. Main

Hailey Idaho walking tour

OCRon commented about Texas Theater on Sep 9, 2016 at 11:49 pm

The Texas Theatre opened September 18, 1927. Grand Opening ad in photo section

OCRon commented about Texan Theatre on Sep 7, 2016 at 10:51 pm

The Texan Theatre opened January 4, 1935 and closed in 1940.

Grand opening ad and news clip in photo section.

OCRon commented about Majestic Theatre on Sep 7, 2016 at 10:47 pm

The Majestic Theatre opened December 25, 1926. Grand Opening ad in photo section.

OCRon commented about Sabine Theatre on Sep 6, 2016 at 11:07 pm

1982-1983 news clips on the Sabine Theatre now in photo section.
Opened in 1941 and demolished in 1983.
Previous operators: Gulf State Theaters, Martin Theatres, Jefferson Amusement Co.

OCRon commented about Peoples Theatre on Sep 5, 2016 at 11:29 pm

This ad for the Reasonable Millinery Shop at 425 Proctor (in photos) says it is in the People’s Theatre Building.

The Sanborn Maps of 1915, 1923 and 1930-1950 (in photo section), show an unnamed Theatre at 427 Proctor. No theatre was found on the maps in any year at 438 Proctor.

The news clips in the photo section note the People’s Theatre was constructed in 1913 and closed April 2, 1955.

OCRon commented about Orpheum Theatre on Sep 2, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Here are some of my notes on the Orpheum, which I originally commented on in Cinema Treasures but have revised. Research is from old Times-News.
After 16 months of construction, which began in June of 1920, The Orpheum opened on October 31, 1921. The Twin Falls Daily News said the Architect was J.H. Dodd and there was seating for 900. The opening attraction was Mary Pickford in Thru the Back Door.

The projection room (down stairs, unlike other theaters) was built with 14-inch concrete walls, making it absolutely fireproof. The builders were A.R. Anderson, C.J. Hahn, and H.H. Hedstrom. The T-F-A chiseled into the upper façade of the building stands for Twin Falls Amusement.

The Orpheum operators through the years are:
Twin Falls Amusement Co. Inc, 1921-1931
Publix Theatres, 1931-1936
Intermountain Theatres, 1936-1975
Interstate Amusements, 1976- 2014
Larry and Stephanie Johnson, 2014-Present

When Interstate purchased the building in 1976 they removed the overhanging marquee and replaced it with one that is flush with the remodeled façade. The Times-News said the carpeting, drapes and seating were replaced and the ticket booth moved inside. It was renamed the Mall Cinema until 1997 when it became the Orpheum again.

Slack Winburn, a Utah architect given credit for the 1940 remodeling, also did the 1941 remodeling of the Idaho Theatre.

OCRon commented about Elks Theatre on Sep 1, 2016 at 2:13 am

According to this Sanborn map of 1930 (in photos), the address was 301 Austin Street. As the Google map shows, it’s the city garage between 4th Street and the Alley.

OCRon commented about Port Arthur Central Mall 10 on Sep 1, 2016 at 1:25 am

Designed by Michael Berryman, the theatre opened April 14, 2000. News clips in photo section.

OCRon commented about Jewel Theatre on Aug 29, 2016 at 11:22 pm

Frank Love was the architect for the remodeled Jewel Theatre, which reopened May 25, 1938. News Clip in photo section

OCRon commented about Bronco Drive-In on Aug 29, 2016 at 11:18 pm

The Bronco Drive-In, designed by Morgan & Kerley, opened October 14, 1949. Opening ad in photo section

OCRon commented about Austin Theatre on Aug 28, 2016 at 11:27 pm

The town’s only movie theatre in 1941 was listed on the Sanborn Maps at 86 Main Street (Lincoln Hwy, US 150), cross street- Virginia Hill. The Owl Club is there today.

OCRon commented about Kay Theatre on Aug 28, 2016 at 11:23 pm

No Address? This website places it at 352 N. Main Street.

OCRon commented about Idaho Theater on Aug 26, 2016 at 11:06 pm

The address is 67 West Pacific. That should give a good view of the building.

OCRon commented about Sky-Vue Drive-In on Aug 26, 2016 at 10:49 pm

C.C. Dutton, designer and owner, opened the Sky-Vue Drive-In October 12, 1949. Closed August 30, 1976. News clips in photo section

OCRon commented about La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on Jun 27, 2005 at 4:51 pm

Let me correct myself. The old Krikorian 7 Theatre was closed, but it was never converted.
Currently it is a discount house operated by Interstate Theatres, based in Dallas, Texas.