130 Shoshone Street East,
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The Idaho Theatre was called the Rialto Theatre when it opened in the early-1920’s. In many ways it was just as nice as Intermountain Theatres other house in town, the Orpheum Theatre, however, Intermountain played the top pictures in the more ornate Orpheum Theatre, which had a balcony and 258 more seats. A photograph published in The Idaho Stateman in 1978 shows a vintage 1923 facade, which was remodeled, together with the interior of the theatre in 1941 to the plans of architect Slack Winburn, giving a more modern front and marquee so familiar to moviegoers in its later years. Intermountain always kept both theatres immaculately clean and maintained.
Intermountain Theatres was for many years a division of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. The late John Krier, its vice president and general manager, would go on to found the respected box office tracking firm, Exhibitor Relations.
Intermountain Theatres, which also operated theatres in Boise, should not be confused with Fox-Intermountain, which operated theatres in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Sun Valley.
The Idaho Theatre was demolished during the downtown’s urban renewal in the early-1970’s while the Orpheum Theatre is still open and showing movies. A bank and parking lot currently occupies the location.
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