Wayne Theatre

11 East Main Street,
Bicknell, UT 84715

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Built in 1947, by James and Mabel Ellett, and originally called the Ellett Theatre, this small but stylish Streamline-meets-Pueblo style theater has been in continuous operation for more than half a century. The tiny Wayne Theatre has given its town of Bicknell, Utah the distinction of being the smallest town in the US with an operating movie theater.

The Wayne Theatre (as it was renamed in 1967, after the county the theater sits in) has changed ownership twice and is currently owned by Nanette and James Anderson, who in 1994 renovated the theater; adding a state-of-the-art sound system, new projection system, and heating.

In 1999, a grant from the Utah State Historical Society helped provide much-needed structural and exterior repairs to the Wayne Theatre. Today, the theater screens second-run features, and is host to the Bicknell International Film Festival.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 13, 2005 at 4:42 pm

Here are some photos of the Wayne Theater in Bicknell, UT.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 17, 2008 at 6:50 pm

This is another photo of the Wayne.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm

A 2009 photo of the Wayne is here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

Great feature article from BOXOFFICE ,May 1992 on this theatre.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 5, 2010 at 10:28 am

The newer photos do look better.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 6, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Yes,when i saw the picture in BOXOFFICE it looked like kids built it.

eduscapes
eduscapes on July 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Hollywood studios are going digital and small-town theaters must make the costly upgrade or “go dark”. Wayne Theatre is among them. We need your help to make the necessary transition to digital cinema.

Without your help, this theatre will have to close. A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to raise the funds needed to keep the theatre open. Please share this with friends and donate what you can. Go to the quick link at http://goo.gl/GuwUE

Or, go direct to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1409963650/help-usher-the-wayne-theatre-into-the-digital-age

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