Odeon Theater

198 East Avenue B,
Wendell, ID 83355

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Odeon Theater

A photograph appeared in Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World on May 12, 1928. It shows a bearded 84 year-old R.M. Stanton, owner of the Odeon Theater, paying a visit to Paramount Studios in Hollywood. He was handing a ticket to his Wendell theater to actress Doris Hill. However, it was noted that patrons of the Odeon Theater pay not as they enter but as they leave.

As early as 1909 the Sanborn Insurance Co. listed this location as a dance hall, skating rink and theater. The Film Year Book of 1928 listed the Odeon Theater with 250 seats but it wasn’t in the 1945 edition.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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John Eickhof
John Eickhof on March 9, 2015 at 7:48 pm

When the new ACE theatre opened in 1945, the theatre in the photo above was operating and known as the Ward House Theatre and the building was originally the local ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It had approx. 300 seats with a balcony of approximately 60 seats. The Ward House continued exhibiting motion pictures for approximately a year when it closed to the public.

Searcher on July 10, 2015 at 4:46 pm

My great-grand uncle became partner to R M Stanton, who managed the theater, sometime after 1920. In May 1922 he wrote “…the picture show house is a losing game since the War. Hope to sell out this next Fall. Think we would have sold out last Fall, but the Wendell Bank went ‘Broke’.” In November 1925 he wrote that they sold “our picture house here in Wendell” in August 1925.

robboehm on July 10, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Searcher-Any family photos to share?

Searcher on July 12, 2015 at 11:53 am

Yes, but none of the theater or area where he lived in Wendell. I have several portraits, but none during the era he owned the theater. Should I post them?

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