Valley Theatre

Main Street and State Street,
Hagerman, ID 83332

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References to the Rex Theatre can be found in the Twin Falls Times News dating back to at least the 1920’s. Film Daily Yearbook of 1950-51 listed seating at 200, which was normal for a town of this size. Boxoffice magazine reported in 1946 that Morris Perkins had sold his interest in the Rex Theatre to devote his time to the Ace Theatre in Wendell.

As late as 1952 it was still called the Rex Theatre but by 1954 it was called the Valley Theatre and was being operated then by Consolidated Theatres of Salt Lake City. Consolidated was a division of Intermountain Theatres, the operator of Salt Lake’s Capitol, Utah, Centre and Studio theaters. Its Consolidated division ran eight second-run theaters and drive-ins in Salt Lake and a few smaller Idaho cities.

The Twin Falls Times-News reported on February 22, 1954, that a $35,000 fire damaged the Valley Theatre earlier in the day, taking the adjoining Odd Fellows lodge with it. An insurance claim on the fire of $12,000 was paid to Intermountain but the theater never reopened.

On April 15, 1957 another fire finished the job in the deserted theater and the building was a total loss.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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