Cinema 4 West

401 Oak Street,
Sandpoint, ID 83864

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Larry Blair opened the Cinema 4 West inside of a former bowling alley in downtown Sandpoint in 1983. Mr. Blair was also associated with the Magic Lantern in Spokane and the Post Falls Cinema. For a few years the Sandpoint Film Society sponsored movies at the cinema before moving to the Panida Theatre.

In October of 1996 the world premiere of “Navajo Blues,” a film by Joey Travolta, was held at the theater. The Spokane Spokesman-Review noted that the film was “low-budget” by Hollywood standards but much of the funding was local as was the musical score by Scott Haynes. “It’s a community-based show”, said movie backer Chuck Brewster, president of Brewster Financial Group. Proceeds of the event went to support the Panida Theatre.

The Cinema 4 West closed in 2005 and was demolished in 2006 to make room for the Panhandle State Bank.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Thre is a picture of this theater on its page at CinemaTour.

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