Ramona Theatre

113 Broadway Avenue S,
Buhl, ID 83316

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Ramona Theatre

Local history resources say that the Ramona Theatre, with its 11-foot dome, was remodeled into a movie theatre opening June 29, 1928. Harris-Voeller Theatres, which was Idaho’s largest exhibitor during the 1940’s and 1950’s with a peak of 16 locations, operated it for many years. Harris-Voeller also operated the local 200-car Moon Glo Drive-In.

A third-generation showman from the Harris family, Bob Harris, continues the tradition today as the operator of two theatres in Burley.

The Spanish-Moorish style Ramona Theatre, which is now operating as a Mexican restaurant, was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, with Burton Morse listed as the architect.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 9, 2011 at 4:03 am

ronp: I’m wondering if the newspaper you cite was perfectly legible. Is it possible that it actually said Rex, rather than Fox? (Scans of old newspapers are often a bit messy, assuming your source was a scan.) There was definitely once a Rex Theatre in Buhl. It was mentioned in the October 25, 1913, issue of The Moving Picture World. Even if it did say Fox, the Fox might have been the Rex, renamed. It would have been a cheap change for the signage.

Either way, I doubt that this theater had any connection to William Fox. I don’t think the Fox Intermountain chain, which included Idaho in its territory, was even founded until several years after the Buhl house was closed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 9, 2011 at 7:22 am

Here is another view of the Ramona Theatre building, which also shows the building next door, location of the former Fox (or Rex, or both) Theatre.

pinesap on January 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm

The Rex theatre was across the street in a 1918 photo from the Ramona .In 1927 ads in the Buhl Herald were running shows and times for both the Fox and Cozy theaters .

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