Uray Theatre

640 Main Street,
Ouray, CO 81427

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Uray Theatre

The theater’s name is inconsistent. The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists it as the U-Ray Theater. A 1940 photo seen below shows it as the Uray Theatre. The Uray Theatre was opened in 1889.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on September 15, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Here’s what is probably another name for this theater in little Ouray, from the June 10, 1959 issue of Motion Picture Daily: “OURAY, Colo., June 9. – A. B. Hilliard, operator of the Chipeta Theatre here and the Nugget Theatre in Telluride, died of a heart attack while visiting in Denver.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on September 17, 2019 at 6:58 pm

Yet another spelling, the expected one, was in this note from Boxoffice, Jan. 8, 1949: “OURAY, COLO. – The Ouray Theatre reopened recently after completion of repairs to damages incurred in a fire about six weeks ago. Repairs included installation of fireproof booths, new projectors and other equipment.” Another note in the same issue mentioned that Les McClary was the manager of the Ouray.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 26, 2019 at 10:05 pm

Circa 1955 photo added as Ouray Theatre, painted on wall left of center. Courtesy Mase Mason.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 26, 2019 at 10:25 pm

The address listed is the Wright Opera House built in 1888, not the Ouray Theatre. In doing a street view based off the 1955 photo I posted, I believe the Ouray Theatre was at 640 Main Street, which today houses Gumpshun Gallery. If you do a search of that address, it appears to be the same building with a heavily updated facade. You can also match up the other buildings from the 1955 photo if you scroll right from there.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 28, 2019 at 9:15 pm

Here is the Shorpy link for the September 1940 photo, which is originally “Theater in Ouray, Colorado”. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. Be sure to click on “View full size"for incredible detail.

https://www.shorpy.com/node/23759

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