Ace Theatre

17 S. Idaho Street,
Wendell, ID 83355

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John Eickhof
John Eickhof on March 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

I am the current owner of the ACE. To update the statements above, Morris ‘Dooley’ Perkins opened the ACE in late 1945. The building is not a ‘quonset hut’ but was originally the Wendell Mercantile Co. opened in 1910. The all masonry building was modified in 1952 for Cinemascope and the roof line was raised as well as the proscenium was expanded for the larger picture. It was at this time the ‘barrel’ style roof purchased from a nearby school gymnasium was placed on top of the building. The theatre is being remodeled into a museum of motion picture technology and is still operational with 35mm film. There will be an interactive 1940s vintage carbon arc projection room as well as projectors and related movie equipment on display dating to the late 1890s. I currently have approx. 50+ vintage projectors for the museum and I am continuing my search for memorabilia regarding theatres in southern Idaho as well as equipment to place in the display. For more information, please email me.

kencmcintyre on October 30, 2008 at 9:20 am

The theater supply company website now is mostly related to theater photos:

kencmcintyre on June 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm

There is a small shot of the Ace on this page:

kencmcintyre on March 23, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Here is a 1985 photo by Michael Putnam: