Egyptian Theatre

700 W. Main Street,
Boise, ID 83702

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Egyptian Theatre

A great Egyptian-style theatre that was restored in 2000. The Egyptian Theatre opened on April 19, 1927 with John Barrymore in “Don Juan”. It had 1,400 seats. In the 1950’s it was renamed Ada Theatre.

The theatre occasionally plays movies from the 1920’s and 1930’s accompanied by a live organist.

Contributed by Marlene Mussler-Wright

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spectrum on October 12, 2009 at 6:54 pm

according to their official website, the Egyptian was restored in 1999.

GeorgeStrum on February 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Ghost Stories on the Travel Station just showed a piece tonight on this theatre. Supposedly it is haunted by a former projectionist named Joe, He hangs out mostly in the projection booth or in the upper balcony last row last seats.

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I wonder if he got replaced by an automated ghost.

kencmcintyre on March 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

The Egyptian can be seen in this photo circa 1950s:

Bway on April 9, 2010 at 4:54 am

There was a great feature of the Egyptian on the Travel Channel last night, showing much of the theater. Supposedly, the place is haunted, and that was the feature.

Patsy on May 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

Bway: I saw the same show on the Travel Channel and found it very fascinating! Supposedly, the ghost’s name is Joe and he died of a heart attack some 50 years ago while walking up the steps to the projection room as he was the resident projectionist then! Paranormal folks came to the theatre and after telling the owners the ghost’s name was Joe they then learned the name of the projectionist….coincidence?

CSWalczak on September 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

Hmm; I just tried searching under “Ada”, “Boise, ID,” and “Egyptian” and all three yielded this theater in the results. I wonder why it does not work for you.

robboehm on January 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

Theater also visited by Antiques Roadshow for the current season, 2014.

DavidZornig on August 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Just to clarify it opened as the Egyptian, in what appears to be August 1926. The Ada name was in the `50s. Images added.

Ron Pierce
Ron Pierce on October 20, 2019 at 11:33 pm

Found this old issue of the Boise Capitol News in my garage, enlarged the date at the top of the page, and found out the formal opening was April 19, 1927.

The first operator was Fred Dahnken (He parted ways with Turner in 1922). Later operators include the Paramount/Publix chain, Menmar Theatres, and finally Intermountain Theatres.

Sadly, The Salt Lake Tribune reported August 29, 1927, that Mr. Dahnken, formerly of San Francisco, was trapped by a fire in his Salt Lake Home and died.

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