Wilma Theater

131 S. Higgins Avenue,
Missoula, MT 59802

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Wilma Theatre exterior

The Wilma Theater opened in 1921. It was remodeled in a French Renaissance style to the plans of architect Bjarne H. Moe and reopened September 29, 1933 with May Robson in “Lady for a Day”.

Contributed by Tracy J. Blakeslee

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kks
kks on September 18, 2007 at 11:33 am

while attending u of m i lived on 3rd floor beg summer 1996 (at the marquee) and then on the 7th floor for a little over a year and don’t know renato…however… i treasure the time i spent there and think about bev, rat and the rest a ton…

tomdelay
tomdelay on October 16, 2007 at 12:36 am

A 1925-ish 3/10 Robert Morton was moved from a theatre (Pantages?) in Spokane and installed in the Wilma well over 30 years ago. It is still in the Wilma.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 21, 2009 at 10:28 am

Wow, what a unique structure and history. Similar to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan Illinois.
Surely the 4.2 mil asking price was for the entire Wilma building.
Good to see it’s still operating.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Good pictures,Thanks,Stories too.

KenLayton
KenLayton on February 7, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Wasn’t this the theater that Andy Crow would run 16mm silents on an old Bell & Howell 140 carbon arc projector?

Was Marshall Woodbridge involved with this theater?

rivest266
rivest266 on December 3, 2017 at 11:56 am

Major reopening newspaper section from September 29th, 1933

Found on Newspapers.com

rivest266
rivest266 on December 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

2nd screen called Wilma II – The Jewel Box opened on March 28th, 1980. Ad in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on December 3, 2017 at 4:12 pm

3rd screen called Wilma III: Cinema of the Dove opened on January 1st, 1982. Another ad in the photo section.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 27, 2018 at 2:28 pm

Missoula film fesitval events at the Roxy, Wilma & MCT Center for the Performing Arts.

https://blog.glaciermt.com/film-festivals-and-historic-theaters-in-western-montana/?fbclid=IwAR1y4YaUQdBsiXnyA27-QSgiJ2XG1QRgLwB4HbekuEnWXaLIREP0v7kba9s

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