Broadway Theater

618 Broadway,
Rock Springs, WY 82901

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CSWalczak on September 25, 2010 at 10:35 am

I see the correction has now been made; thanks.

CSWalczak on September 25, 2010 at 12:04 am

Area citizens are being invited to vote on what the renovated former Rock Theater should be named when it re-opens: View link

The address still needs to be corrected and an aka of West Theater still needs to be added.

CSWalczak on February 24, 2010 at 12:12 am

I am certain that the addresses have been reversed; a search on 591 Broadway Street shows that the premises is the Victory Christian Fellowship church and the church’s website mentions that it was a former theater. The online history cited above indicates that the church could have chosen either the theater at 591 Broadway or the Rock at 618 Broadway and chose the former.

The addresses for this and the Star Theatre in Rock Springs should be corrected. This status of the Star Theater Two should be be Closed/Restoring, and the aka list should include West Theatre.

CSWalczak on February 23, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I think the address for this theater and the one for the Star Theatre in Rock Springs may have been reversed. According to this online history for 618 Broadway Street, the theater at that address was built as the West with 758 seats and then became the Rock: View link

In addition, the theater at 618 Broadway is going to be renovated and reopened according to this announcement, which indicates its former name was the Rock and that new facility will given its original name of the West: View link

MichaelGraham on February 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

The last owner of this theater was Movie Palaces, Inc., that owns other theaters in Rock Springs, Green River, Cheyenne, and Casper.

kencmcintyre on April 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm

There is a 1981 photo on this site:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 22, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Another photo can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on July 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Here is a 1999 photo of the Rock Theater.

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Lost Memory on May 30, 2007 at 9:02 am

The Rialto Theatre on the right side of the street was constructed in 1920. The theatre could seat 1200 and initially featured a mix of motion pictures and vaudville. Vaudville shows were generally on Sunday. Before the coming of talkies, the movies were accompanied by John Brueggemann’s Rialto Orchestra. The theatre was a principal venue for local community events. Other theatres included the Grand and the Rex. The manager of the Rialto Amusement Company’s operation in Rock Springs was Thomas Berta, noted for his community efforts and the parties in his apartment in the Rialto Theatre Building. The projector from the Rialto was moved to the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in 2005.

Above information comes from this website. There is a postcard showing the Rialto Theater on South Front Street. One problem, Google maps it as North Front Street.

KenRoe on May 30, 2007 at 8:44 am

Yes, the Rialto Theatre is listed in editions of F.D.Y. between 1941 and 1950 at least with a seating capacity of 1,125. Operated by Fox Intermountain Theatres in the 1940’s. Address anyone? Please. Then we can add it to C.T.

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Lost Memory on May 30, 2007 at 8:32 am

I might have found another one in Rock Springs. Was there a Rialto Theater in Rock Springs? If there was, it opened around 1920. :)

KenRoe on May 30, 2007 at 8:22 am

RSmuseumgirl; Many thanks for your input & correction. The Grand Theatre now has it’s own dedicated page on Cinema Treasures:

Museumgirl on May 30, 2007 at 7:26 am

The Grand Theatre is a completely different building. It was located at 463 North Front Street.

KenRoe on March 27, 2006 at 9:49 pm

The Film Daily Yearbook;1950 edition, lists the Grand Theatre with a seating capacity of 572.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 4, 2006 at 8:12 am

An address search of 591 Broadway Street returns the following:

Category: Movie Theaters
Star Theatre Two
(307) 382-9707
591 Broadway St
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Is this the Rock Theater with a new name?