Wheaton Theatre

527 State Street,
Weiser, ID 83672

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OCRon
OCRon on December 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I found out from a history story in the Weiser Signal American that there was a Lyric Theater at street level.(See photo section)

The article brought attention to the posters in the windows. This was a storefront operation if there ever was one.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

The Wheaton Theatre is listed in the 1914 edition of Julius Cahn’s guide as a second-floor house with 567 seats. The 1906 guide had listed it with 850 seats. All of the available Cahn guides I’ve seen in which the house is listed call it the Wheaton Theatre, never the Wheaton Opera House. A commemorative spoon seen on this page also calls the house the Wheaton Theatre.

Also, in the photo currently displayed here, the name Wheaton Theater is on the building just below the cornice. I don’t think the place ever operated as the Wheaton Opera House, though an early drawing from before the house was built has “Opera House” on the building where the photo shows “Theater”.