Walker Theatre

214 Grand Avenue,
Arco, ID 83213

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The Walker Theatre’s claim to fame is that it was the first theater in the United States to be lighted by atomic energy!

Arco, Idaho, with a population of over a 1,000, made history on July 17, 1955 when for more than an hour it became the first town in the nation to derive its energy from atomic power.

The Walker Theatre built in 1919 at a cost of $12,000 by George Walker, a local rancher, also served as a public meeting place.

Closed since 1972, its roof collapsed in early-2000. The Arco Advertiser in November of 2001 said plans were afoot to demolish the building.

A visit to the location in July of 2002 showed this to be the case, as the theater no longer existed.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 21, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Chuck is correct. Seating in 1955 was 250.

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