Courter Theatre

211 N. Main Street,
Gallatin, MO 64640

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm

I believe we have this theater’s name misspelled. A Courter Theatre was in operation at Gallatin no later than 1927. The July 1, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News had this item :

“A Panatrope, produced by the Brunswick-Balke Collender Company, has been installed in the Courter Theatre, Gallatin, Mo., by Manager H. Courter.” (A Panatrope was a high-end Brunswick phonograph.)
Members of the Courter family were still operating this theater at least as late as 1949, when the house was mentioned in Showmen’s Trade Review. There is a reference to the Courter in Motion Picture Heralld in 1932 as well. There was also once a Courter Theatre in Hamilton, Missouri, presumably operated by the same family.

There is a live theater venue called the Courter Theatre in Gallatin today, operated by the Gallatin Theatre League, but in a different location than the old movie theater. The original theater might have operated past 1956, as well, as a company called Corter Theatre, Inc., since dissolved, was formed in 1965.

If the building currently showing in Street View was indeed the Corter Theatre, then the house was converted from an automobile agency’s showroom. This photo from the Daviess County Historical Society shows the building occupied by the Mead Ford dealership. It’s undated, but, judging from the cars, appears to have been taken around 1920.