Alpine Theatre

204 W. State Street,
Terra Alta, WV 26764

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The Alpine Theatre was open in 1934. Seating was listed at 225 seats. It was operated by Alpine Theatres who operated a number of theatres by the same name in small West Virginia towns. The theatre closed in the late-1950’s. The bulding now houses a country store and gift shop.

Any additiional information on the Alpine Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm

In 1935, Terra Alta was the location of the Alpine Theatre Circuit’s main office, but by 1936 it had been moved to Kingwood, where it remained as late as 1958.

The Alpine Theatre Circuit declined rapidly in the mid-1950s. In 1953 it still had 27 houses, but by 1956 it had only nine (probably reflecting the high cost of converting theaters for CinemaScope.) In 1958 the chain was down to six houses, and by 1960 it was no longer listed in the FDY.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm

The Alpine Theatre at Terra Alta is mentioned in two 1933 issues of The Film Daily On January 30, an item noted that Wilbur Morford had reopened the Alpine Theatre at Terra Alta. The September 2 issue said that the Alpine had been transferred from W. Murford to W. A. Brooks.

It sounds as though this house was called the Alpine before it was owned by the Alpine Circuit, which as near as I can figure was formed in either 1934 or 1935. It’s likely that this theater gave its name to the circuit, rather than the other way around.

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