Lincoln Popcorn Palace

1615 Central Avenue,
Cheyenne, WY 82001

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A great classic in downtown Cheyenne!

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Fox Intermountain Theatres spent $125,000 to renovate the Lincoln Theatre in 1955. The reopening was mentioned in Boxoffice of August 20. The modern front dates from that time. The renovation, under the supervision of Fox Intermountain’s in-house architect Mel C. Glatz, included upgrading the screen and projection equipment to allow the Lincoln to present movies in the latest wide screen processes including Todd-AO.

The earliest mention of the Lincoln Theatre I’ve found in Boxoffice dates from October 1, 1938. It was listed as one of a number of theaters presenting both movies and live stage acts, though usually only on a single-day basis. As it had a stage, it was most likely opened in the 1920s or earlier.

MichaelGraham
MichaelGraham on February 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

This is actually owned by Movie Palaces Inc. or at least that is name listed at the bottom of their website.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Photo in Boxoffice magazine showing the front of the theatre for presentation of Annie Get Your Gun, issue of September 30, 1950:
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Interesting name.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 5, 2010 at 2:30 am

Another great looking theatre.

roburtone
roburtone on May 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm

The Lincoln closed for several years during the 1980s. I enjoyed seeing a handful of movies here after it reopened, before it was twinned. It is a real treasure!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 20, 2013 at 4:32 am

The April 1, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News said that the new Lincoln Theatre in Cheyenne had opened the previous week. The house was owned by the Plains Theatre Corporation.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

The Lincoln Theater is a well-known landmark for motorists traveling America’s first coast-to-coast road, the old Lincoln Highway. The 1950′s Art Deco style cinema still charges only a small admission.

MichaelGraham
MichaelGraham on December 31, 2014 at 1:21 am

As per http://movie-theatre.org/usa/wy/wyoming.htm this theater was operated at some point by Mann Theatres.

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on February 5, 2015 at 10:50 pm

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by Mr. David Junchen, pg. 631, the “Lincoln Th.” in Cheyenne, Wyoming, originally had a 2 manual, 6 rank Smith theatre pipe organ installed at some point.

No further information about this organ, such as install date, blower information (horsepower and wind pressure), or nameplate (Seeburg-Smith, Smith, Smith-Geneva, or Leathurby-Smith) is given in this book’s listing (not available at the time of publication).

Given what Mr. Vogel has written about the Lincoln Theatre opening in 1927, it seems this house must have had a Leathurby-Smith organ (or at least, the latest type of Smith organ built in Alameda, California from circa 1925 to 1928, and frequently sold along the West Coast by Leathurby who was a San Francisco-based dealer).

IF this is true and there was no earlier “Lincoln Theatre” in Cheyenne with a Smith organ, then this would be the first (and so far, only) Leathurby-Smith (or “California-built Smith”) organ I’ve seen sold East of the Western states (all of the others of which I’m aware were originally sold to California, Oregon, or Washington state).

Does anybody know more about this organ, and where it, or its parts, is/are today? Thanks!

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