Unique Theater

129 W. First Street,
Salida, CO 81201

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 11, 2010 at 1:58 pm

The Opera House in Salida is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. G.W. McGovern was Mgr. It had 850 seats, was on the ground floor with tickets costing from 25 cents to $1. It had the “Edison system” of electric lighting. The proscenium opening was 25 feet wide X 15 feet high, and the stage was 36 feet deep. There were 2 newspapers and 3 hotels for show folk. The 1897 population of Salida was 3,500.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

1930-1935 named EMPRESS THEATER.

Anyone have more info or more photos, especially of the interior.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 11, 2010 at 8:56 am

Timeline:

January 16, 1889 Opened as the SALIDA OPERA HOUSE.
1909 Renovated to accommodate motion pictures and renamed OSOS GRAND THEATER.
1936 named SALIIDA THEATER.
Late 1960’s renamed UNIQUE THEATER.
At one time it was named EMPRESS THEATER.
Last owned by John Groy.
August 7, 2006 Closed.

November 10, 2010 AFTER 121 YEARS THE ENTIRE BUILDING IS STILL STANDING!

JET

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on July 14, 2010 at 2:29 am

It appears that what little remains of the Unique is yet again in peril. The current owner seems to be having trouble coming up with the funds to complete the renovation and would sooner just bulldoze the entire thing than mess with it anymore and the city is demanding that the owner clean up what he started or else they will demolish it and repossess the land. You can read about it all at the Salida Mountain Mail (newspaper) website…simply search “Unique Theater”.

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm

A photo taken in April 2007 of the Unique…sorry to hear this local treasure is endangered!
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Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 26, 2009 at 10:46 pm

It was very large and so was the auditorium. According to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942, it is listed as the Salida Theater (it’s name at the time) as having 600 seats. It still had around that many seats when it closed.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 26, 2009 at 4:49 am

The booth at the Unique contained 2 Super Simplex projectors with Xetron xenon lamphouses. The projectors ran 6 thousand foot changeover. There was also a separate room off the booth used for building up prints in the nitrate days.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 26, 2009 at 4:15 am

**Status should be changed to “Closed”

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 26, 2009 at 4:12 am

The Unique Theater is dead. The group hoping to save the theater fell apart back in ‘07. Status should be changed to closed. Although I have not visited the theater since its closure, I have had several reliable sources tell me that the theater is nothing more than 4 brick walls. All seats and equipment have allegedly been removed and I know for a fact that the marquee has been removed. The current owner who purchased the building from Mr. Groy almost lost the building this last summer as he failed to make his payments on the city issued loan, however he has caught up on payments and still owns the building. The plan is to turn the building into condos. If you “Google Earth” the address, you can see for yourself what an ugly mess this poor theater has become.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on March 7, 2008 at 10:09 am

there web site is still up ..but not much info

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on March 7, 2008 at 4:20 am

Is it still standing? What’s up?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on June 12, 2007 at 9:40 am

what is going on with the UNIQUE????????

salidaresident
salidaresident on March 1, 2007 at 9:27 am

The person who owns the theater is

John L Groy (BV) – 719.395.2297

Rumor is the deal was closed Friday. If that is the case the person to contact would be Bobby Hartslief  (I don’t have his number).

floridachalet
floridachalet on March 1, 2007 at 3:16 am

Hello, we are intersted in saveing it, email

salidaresident
salidaresident on February 23, 2007 at 9:15 am

>i almost bought the storyville twin…….but what i wanted was the UNIQUE BUT IT WAS NOT FOR SALE!
> posted by longislandmovies on Nov 27, 2006 at 8:28am

I hope you are in a position to reconsider it. The theater is being sold to a developer that “more than likely” will end up tearing down the theater portion for a restruant. The town council has given him the OK to tear it down also even though a far number of salida residents (myself included) want it turned into a historic landmark. It am supportive of business, but this is a sad blow to a 100 year old theater…

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longislandmovies
longislandmovies on November 27, 2006 at 7:28 am

i almost bought the storyville twin…….but what i wanted was the UNIQUE BUT IT WAS NOT FOR SALE!

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on November 23, 2006 at 10:25 pm

No, I don’t believe it has reopened. Here is an older artical but it is the most recent I have found:

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I am going to visit and photograph The Fox Theater, Trinidad CO Movie Picture SHow House, Trinidad CO and The El Raton Theater, Raton NM. I will also visit and photograph The 85 Drive In, Raton NM and The Peak Drive In Trinidad, CO tomorrow thru Sunday. I see you have quite an interest in these colorado theaters, Longislandmovies. You should feel free to contact me directly to request photos or ask specific questions; I’d love to share the fruit of my journeys.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on September 14, 2006 at 5:30 pm

Ummm…I do have a few pictures of the inside and out. I really don’t want to post these on a web site as Mr. Groy and his wife were so kind as to allow me to photograph and tour their business but if you are a true theater enthusiast and would like to view them, I could prob. arrange to scan a couple to you.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 13, 2006 at 2:45 pm

that same sign looks as if its up today,,,,

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 13, 2006 at 5:58 am

thanks ……….there is a front shot of the theater somewere ..maybe salida.com will check