Barrow Village Theatre

Barrow, AK 99723

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Barrow Village - Barrow, AK

Located in Barrow (aka Utqiagvik). Built in 1952 by the local Eskimo population as a community effort, the Barrow Village Theatre was a small single-screen theatre with bench seating, two heating plants - one burning oil, the other coal, to keep the patrons warm in the -40 degree temperatures outside. Primarily showing westerns, cartoons and newsreels, the theatre was decorated in Eskimo style.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 24, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Barrow is located in far northern Alaska. In early- winter there is no daylight and the temp could easily drop to -40 degrees F. So a cinema would need a good heating plant. The local people are Inuit; “Eskimo” is no longer used.

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