129 W. First Street,
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The Salida Opera House opened as an opera house on New Years Day, 1890. It was closed from 1901 to 1914 when it reopened as the Empress Theatre screening movies. Later being renamed Salida Theater, it suffered damage from a fire in 1942. It was repaired and was lakst known as the Unique Theater. This theater is truly, as its name suggests, unique. I have never seen one quite like it. It was a cavernous Art Deco style theater.
It was owned by John Groy, whose parents owned it before him. They obtained it when they traded their drive-in theater in Salida with the owner of the Unique Theater for the theater. The Groy Family also owned the Comanche Drive-In and Pearl Theater in Buena Vista, Colorado.
The theater operated Friday through Tuesday but was closed briefly as of August 2006 for some structural repairs. Sadly, it never reopened. The auditorium was demolished in 2011. The front section of the building was retained and converted into retail use.
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