Imperial Theatre

309 Central Avenue,
Great Falls, MT 59404

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Imperial Theatre

The Imperial Theatre was a silent-era movie venue that launched on April 21, 1911 and self-proclaimed to be the “finest picture show between Seattle and Chicago.” It was located in the Kingsbury Building and opened when The Bon Ton, a location of the department store chain, gave up half of its spot. The Imperial Theatre was so successful for the Montana Amusement Company that four years later it expanded to its final count of 500 seats.

With movie palaces on the rise, the Imperial Theatre was dating quickly and closed on July 29, 1925 after a showing of “Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman”. The equipment was bought by Capital Amusement Company of Helen and removed from the Kinsbury Bldg. Beckman Bros. Furrier took over the location in October 1925. A fire on November 13, 1928 destroyed the building.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 22, 2017 at 3:48 am

The Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society’s brief entry for the Imperial Theatre says only that it had a Smith organ installed in 1924. The organ’s fate is unknown.

The September 1, 1917, issue of Motography had this brief item about the Imperial:

“Miss Myrtle Stedman has been appearing at various picture theaters along an itinerary that was mapped out for her some time ago. The Imperial Theater at Great Falls, Montana, is the last picture institution to show its patrons this celebrated actress in the flesh and on the screen for the same dime. Miss Stedman’s musical comedy experience make her an excellent entertainer on the stage as well as on celluloid.”

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