Nuart Theater

195 North Broadway,
Blackfoot, ID 83221

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Nuart Theater

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The Nuart Theater, which opened February 12, 1930, was built by Paul Demordaunt, who went on to form a small Idaho theater chain with his partner, Hugh Drennen.

They also operated the local Idaho Theatre, a second-run house, and shared first-run films with a competitor, the Roxy Theatre.

The Nuart Theater is now owned by Blackfoot Community Players who stage live performances and make the theater available to the community for rental. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 with Walter Demordaunt listed as its architect.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2007 at 7:25 am

Here is a photo, circa early eighties:

markdrennen on July 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Hugh Drennen was my Grandfather

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Real nice theatre.

TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm

And your Uncle Clint on the marquee.From Ken Mcs post of 11/26/07.

TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Thats neat Mark was he your dads or moms dad?Welcome to Cinema Treasures.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

How did i miss CLINT.Great Actor,but horrible ape movie.Thanls TLS.

Trolleyguy on July 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm


OCRon on September 18, 2016 at 11:24 pm

The Nuart opened on February 12, 1930.

 This date is from a 1980 interview with Paul and Alice DeMordaunt by Pam Morris for the Idaho State Historical Society’s oral history program. The half-stadium auditorium, designed by Paul’s brother, Walter, seated 620 and cost $120,000. The opening attraction was *Sunnyside Up*, with Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor. 

The Rialto was the first theater Mr. DeMordaunt opened with his partner Hugh Drennen in Blackfoot in 1920 and then they leased the Mission Theatre. They also operated Blackfoot’s Idaho Theatre for many years

In Idaho Falls DeMordaunt and Drennen operated the Rio, Gaiety, Rex, later renamed the Falls and currently the Centre, and Motor-Vu. Their theaters in Rexburg were the Holiday, the Romance, later renamed the Westwood, and the Elk. In St. Anthony and Salmon they operated both Roxy Theatres.

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