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Located one door west of #500 Main Street. The Windsor Theater was constructed in 1930 by Mr. G.I. Richards, a very colorful Windsor character, who also served as the mayor and mortician. When it was constructed, Windsor’s newspaper, The Poudre Valley touted the theater as being " the first theater outside of Denver to incorporate the latest and most modern sound features and film production room." Mr. Richards sold the theater in 1946 to Ben Riggs who sold the theater two years later to R.L. "Mickey" & Ola Stanger of Frederick, Colorado. Ola Stanger was a very, very dear friend of mine. This was the Stanger’s first movie theater and over the next 60 years, they would end up owning 2 drive-ins and another indoor theater under the name of West Evans Amusements. Mickey passed away December of ‘03 and Ola passed away in June of '05.
The Stangers operated the theater until 1954, when they moved to Denver to build the West Evans Drive-In and leased the Windsor Theater to Mickey’s dad. The Stangers sold the theater in 1962. The equipment and theater was then updated although the various lessees were unable to make a profit. These lessees included Gus Meisner Ronald Lewis, Raybert Sowl, George Sims, Eugene Lenz, John Kilpatrick and Ron Montgomery.
In 1978, the theater was reopened for an 8 month period under the name of "The Four Winds Theater". Dick Bateman of Denver purchased the theater in 1979, changed the name back to Windsor Theater and remodeled the theater. The theater closed sometime in the early 1980’s and was demolished shortly thereafter by the Stark Brothers of Windsor who owned the now defunct Star Contracting. The intention was to use the site as a drive-in banking facility for the bank that was being constructed right next door to the east of the theater however this never came to pass and the empty lot is now used as a mini park with trees and a small gazebo.
Many fun events were held at the theater over the years. Spanish language features were shown weekly for the Hispanic farm workers and on the Stangers children’s (Sharon and Andrew) birthdays, the children from the school were brought to the theater on buses to watch a free movie and have a celebration.
This information was compiled by Anthony L. Hernandez, a Colorado movie theater operator/historian from the following sources: The late Ola L. Stanger, Sharon Seeley-Stanger, and Windsor Historian Mary Alice Lindblad and her book "A Walk Through Windsor"
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