Liberty Theatre

103 Coeur d'Alene Avenue,
Harrison, ID 83833

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A February 1905 edition of the Spokane Spokesman-Review mentions an opera house in Harrison and the Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1908 show that the opera house was at this location. The National Register of Historic Places notes that a July 1917 fire demolished most of the business district including the opera house, then named the Princess Theatre. The Spokane Daily Chronicle noted that the loss of the Princess Theatre was $1,200.

According to the NRHP, a new theater was open on the site by July of 1918 and the Sanborn Maps of 1918 and 1928 show the theater. The theater, called the Liberty Theatre, was listed in the Film Daily Yearbook of 1928 with 200 seats. As early as 1932, with the balcony and projection room removed, it was converted into a garage but by 1940 it was still listed in the FDY as closed.

The Harrison Commercial District was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The Crane Historical Society says that the old theater building is now known as Joe Cornell’s building and can be seen in Harrison today, across the street from the fire department.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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