ARTitorium

271 Broadway,
Idaho Falls, ID 83405

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ARTitorium

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Opened under the name of Broadway Theatre in 1924 but was soon taken over by Fox West Coast and renamed the Fox Theatre. The 1934 Golden Jubilee edition of the Post-Register says that when Fox Theatre defaulted on their lease, its manager resumed the lease and reopened it in 1934 under the name of the Rio Theatre. It had 866 seats.

It was later operated by DeMordaunt and Drennan and finally by Carmike Cinemas who closed it in January of 2001. By 2016 it was operated by an arts organisation with the seating capacity reduced to 136.

A barbershop still operates near the entrance of the building. A few blocks away is the Colonial Theatre and the Centre Twin, the oldest theater in Idaho Falls.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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teecee
teecee on April 26, 2005 at 4:43 am

Recent night photo at this link:
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RobertR
RobertR on April 26, 2005 at 5:29 am

What a great place, too bad it’s closed.

op712
op712 on September 28, 2007 at 6:44 pm

There were times that the Paramount on “A” street and the Rio on Broadway would compete in being the best theatres in town. In the middle 50’s, for a couple of years, the RIO had the lead in that exhibition race, but eventually, Fox Intermountain’s “Paramount” would reign supreme for the city.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on July 10, 2016 at 2:27 pm

This theatre was purchased by the Idaho Falls Art Council in 2013 and turned into a artistic venue called the ARTitorium. The balcony has been turned into a 136 seat theatre and recording studio. Website: http://www.artitoriumonbroadway.org/

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