Liberty Theater

309 W. Hobsonway,
Blythe, CA 92225

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The Liberty Theater was mentioned in a Paramount advertisement in the LA Times, in June 1921. It was operating until around 1943/1944.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 18, 2009 at 1:33 am

Boxoffice of October 15, 1938, mentions “…George Halligan, who recently opened the Liberty in Blythe….” The October 1 issue also mentioned the reopening of the Liberty, saying it had been closed for more than two years, but this item mistakenly places it in the nonexistent town of Blythe, Arizona.

By 1941, the Liberty had been taken over by Bob Dunagan (or Dunnigan- Boxoffice spelling) who had opened the Rio Theatre at Blythe in April, 1937.

A June 28, 1965, Boxoffice item said that Robert Lippert had taken over two indoor theaters and a drive-in at Blythe from “Bob Dunnigan,” who (the item said) had operated theaters at Blythe since 1933. It doesn’t give the names of the theaters sold to Lippert, but the last mention of the Liberty I’ve found in Boxoffice is the 1944 item.

A March 20, 1948, item says that “Bob Dunnagan” had opened the Hub, his second theatre at Blythe, so the Liberty must have been closed by then. The houses Lippert bought were probably the Hub and the Rio.

M0vieG0er45 on December 12, 2015 at 10:43 am

When it was active, the Liberty Theatre played silent movies.

It was located where Blythe Drug is today. In 1966, the building with the Liberty Theatre was renovated for the expansion of Blythe Drug, removing the theatre structure.

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