Washoe Theater

305 Main Street,
Anaconda, MT 59711

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skyvue on June 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm

From some years ago, a short magazine story, with pictures, on the Washoe.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 20, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Here is a photo from 1986.

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Lost Memory on January 1, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Here is the Washoe Theater at night.

Marktech on October 14, 2007 at 2:36 pm

The projection booth of the Washoe is equipped with it’s original three Super Simplex projectors. One of them is still sporting a carbon arc lamphouse and this machine is regularly used to run the previews on. The other machines share duty from the platter system. An Ultra Stereo processor and QSC power amps drive the vintage Altec speakers behind the screen.

johnnyairplane on September 10, 2007 at 10:56 pm

The Washoe was built in the Nouveau/Deco style, part Art Nouveau, part Art Deco influence, The Center theatre was where the credit union now stands on park and the Bluebird was down a block on part past St. Paul’s church! – the Washoe was the 3rd theatre on the location where it is at, before that was the Sundial and before that was the Margaret Theatre. The highland theatre I believe is across from 4 star video, it is now a senior citizens center, still has the original seats (built on a slope!)….
The Washoe has the curtains from the Bluebird stored upstairs, if it isn’t the exact original in the theatre, it’s simply been repaired!

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Lost Memory on August 9, 2007 at 12:28 pm

I just noticed that in the description above, the build date is given as 1936. The link that I posted in the comment above this one claims that the Washoe Theater was actually built in 1931. “The depression postponed the opening of the new theater until this fall” (1936).

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Lost Memory on August 9, 2007 at 12:05 pm

This link has some history of the Washoe Theater. Opening date given for the Washoe Theater is September 24, 1936.

kencmcintyre on August 8, 2007 at 7:57 pm

It looks like the theater in the photo starts with an I. Then again, it could be an old ad for a theater in a different location.

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Lost Memory on August 8, 2007 at 7:56 pm

In the 1940s there was also a Highland Theater listed for Anaconda. I’m not sure when the Highland closed.

kencmcintyre on August 8, 2007 at 7:50 pm

I should have said “There was another old theater on the right side of the street, that said ‘theatre’ on the side of the building”. My mistake.

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Lost Memory on August 8, 2007 at 7:38 pm

How do you know there was another old theater in Washoe if you don’t know its name? Is the other theater visible in the photo that you linked to?

kencmcintyre on August 8, 2007 at 7:31 pm

There was another old theater on Main Street in the 1950s. No clue as to the identity, though. It may have been a playhouse:

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Lost Memory on January 14, 2007 at 4:03 pm

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982

Washoe Theater ** (added 1982 – Building – #82003162)
305 Main St., Anaconda
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Forseen,Gus, Priteca,B. Marcus
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 16, 2005 at 9:41 am

Here is a small photo of the Washoe Theater in Montana.

ZARDOZ on December 12, 2004 at 10:41 am

One of the most spectacular, intact art-deco theaters left. Worth a special visit to Anaconda, MT! I go every year. Talk about a time warp! When you enter this palace, you won’t believe how original the whole place is. Frosted glass, murals, wall sconces, etc. See it!