Fremont Theatre

202 Fremont Street,
Las Vegas, NV 89101

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Photo and copy courtesy of Nevada Armored Transport, Inc. 1946-1984 Facebook page.

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The Fremont Theatre was attached to the famous casino/hotel of the same name. It opened in 1947, and was owned by Earle C. Strebe, and operated by George Ingram. The auditorium had a raised stadium section at the rear.

It, too, has been closed and demolished.

Contributed by Scott Zimmerman

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johnnybatters on August 25, 2005 at 5:15 pm

Yes, this theater was right next to the Fremont Hotel & casino. I get this one and the El Portal confused since I was a teen and it was a long time ago. I think the Fremont was the better of the two. It’s funny when the movie was over I’d go next door to the Fremont and play those pinball machines that were right in the door way. They were for adults but no security guards ever bothered me. Anyway, I spent most of my teen years downtown Las Vegas at the Fremont theater.

Lannesman on May 17, 2006 at 7:57 pm

I lived in North Las Vegas in the early 80’s. Just about a mile from Fremont St. Being a broke, 19-20 yr old punk, I, like many, cruised Fremont St on any given night looking for cheap thrills. Remember, Fremont Street is the OLD Vegas strip (the one you always see in old movies and the tv series Vegas). Like 42nd St in NY… wonderfully sleazy and slimey.
This theatre was a true grindhouse by the time I discovered it.
I first stepped in it when I had my eldest sister drop me and a friend off there for my 17th birthday to see Dawn of the Dead. Holy Hell! What a baptism by fire in the sleazehouse world!
I attended many a (cheap) matinee there, catching any low rent,z-grade shit that had a cool poster to sell it.
The Fremont Theatre was my $10 whore with a heart of gold.

One curious architectural feature I noticed:
As you entered from the street, you stepped down 5 or 6 steps into the nondescript, narrow lobby. Seems you were already entering the bowels of hoped for depravity. Nice.
I never bought popcorn or other from the singular concession stand. I was too broke for that. Always smuggled in my own candy, Who hasn’t, eh?

Another thing; I recall the Fremont as being a 2 screener. They must have dualed it by the time I found it. They would certainly have to.

But…my fondest, sad, excited, frustrated memory has to be this:

I bought my ticket to a typical midweek matinee (alone, as always) of some bad B flick. I sat in my habitual seat (about a 3rd from front, always center seat). Maybe 6 people in the whole auditorium.
About 15 minutes in, a 30 something woman, attractive, but working it hard, came and sat directly behind me. As the movie progressed, she leaned forward and asked me what she missed. Dorky, polite me..I told her. She asked more questions. I answered. She then came around and sat next to me, claiming to not being able to hear my answers.
My teen heart pounded! Wow! A porn fantasy coming true? Yeah, she was old(er), but the cleavage. Oooh…the cleavage.
As the movie (don’t even ask me what it was about at this point) progressed, she kept leaning into me. We ended up my arm around her, she nuzzling my neck.
The movie ended (How? Who knows.), the lights came up. The lone, bored usher came in, boredly sweeping. We got up and left. She asked, “what are we gonna do now?"
Long story short… she was a Fremont St hooker looking for a date. Seeing as I did not have any money (at ALL!), she ditched me in the next door casino faster than the old lady near me was losing her quarters in the slots.
At least she gave me a few weeks of jack off fantasies.
Guess she really was a cheap date.

Stinkinbadgez on November 23, 2006 at 10:49 pm

I too remember the theatre well. Saw every scary movie they showed. The Spider. House on Haunted Hill, but none topped the Tingler. They put some cheesy vibrator under your seat and when the Tingler showed the buzzed the crap out of you. Would love to see a picture of the movie house again.
Good to see the Huntridge is still standing.

Lannesman on April 8, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Wow. Great photo of such an obscure place. The balcony had been sealed up, I think, by the time I frequented this theatre (1978-1982), but I remember the curved walls with the exit doors down front well.

kencmcintyre on November 28, 2008 at 6:19 pm

The Fremont marquee is on the right in this 1961 photo from Life magazine:

kencmcintyre on April 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

You can also see the marquee down the way in this 1973 photo

DennisBenjamin on January 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

There is an ironic story behind this theatre location for me. I was the opening General Manager of the Neonopolis 14 Theatre that is/was located less than a block from where the Old Fremont Theatre stood. My grandmother’s first cousin is/was Jane Russell (my grandmother passed away last year). I have a print at home of “The Las Vegas Story” in storage. Turns out Ms. Russell was at that 1952 premiere.

When I learned all the above info, I just thought it was a great example of how small the world actually is and how everything is somehow related.

dzumar on February 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm

My Father, Harry Zumar was the General Manager of the Nevada Theater Corporation which ran the: Fremont, Huntridge, and Guild Theaters. He passed away January 12th of this year at the age of 97.

The Fremont Theater held the world premiere of the original Ocean’s Eleven with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford present.

Trolleyguy on March 16, 2014 at 8:41 pm

There is a brief glimpse of the marquee in the 1977 film “The Gauntlet.” Clint Eastwood is in an ambulance escorting a prisoner to the airport as it passes the Fremont.

DavidZornig on June 3, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Added photo and copy courtesy of Nevada Armored Transport, Inc. 1946-1984 Facebook page.

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