Liberty Theatre

112 E. Pikes Peak Avenue,
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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The 450-seat Pike Theatre was renamed Liberty Theatre on February 12, 1918. It later seated 425 and was closed September 15, 1940.

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm

The Liberty Theatre in Colorado Springs was mentioned in the September 7, 1918, issue of The Moving Picture World. It was on a list of houses that had booked Goldwyn productions that year.

This photo, dated around 1921, shows the vertical sign of the Liberty Theatre on Pikes Peak Avenue, a few doors down from the Princess Theatre. The Princess was either an earlier name for the house that was later the Rialto and then the Ute Theatre, or was demolished to make way for that later house.

The Liberty appears to have been in the Arrow Hotel building, which was almost directly across the street from the later Pike Theatre. As the Ute was at 126 and the Pike at 115 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, I’d guess the Liberty was at approximately 112 E. Pikes Peak.

Timgovikes
Timgovikes on June 15, 2014 at 11:57 am

“The Liberty” theatre opened on Tuesday, February 12, 1918. It was actually not a new theatre — it was the old “Pike” theatre but with a new name.

On page 10 of the February 123, 1918 Colorado Springs Gazette was an ad for the new Liberty theatre:

“J.E. Tompkins, Mgr. Forget The Pike REMEMBER ‘The Liberty’

We appreciate your liberal support in the past. We solicit your continued patronage. Our efforts shall always be the best in motion pictures, the best in music, the most courteous treatment.

Today’s special attraction, Wm. A. Brady presents

Kitty Gordon
in
‘The Divine Sacrifice’ "

This is the same Tompkins (J. “Tommy” Tompkins) who would later build and operate the Tompkins Theatre in Colorado Springs.

The Liberty theatre’s final performances took place on September 15, 1940. The pictures showing that day were “Cowboy From Brooklyn” and “The Gladiator”.

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