Star Theater

342 State Street,
Weiser, ID 83672

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm

It has been proven that the Star and the Wheaton were different theaters, though the Wheaton operated under the name Star Theatre for a few years before this house was opened. This Star Theatre, Weiser’s third of the name, must also be the one that got the Wurlitzer organ that is discussed on this PSTOS page.

A 1991 NRHP documentation form about theaters in Idaho attributes the design of the 1917 Star Theatre to Salt Lake City architect Frank Moore.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

I finally found the Wheaton listed in the 1914 Cahn guide, and it was indeed a second-floor house. Cahn listed it as having 567 seats.

The Onion Skin Players, current occupants of the Star Theatre, have a web site.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 7, 2011 at 6:01 am

If the Star was not the same house as the Wheaton Theatre, it reopens the question of when the Star was built. If it was opened by 1921, it could have been the Star that had the organ installed that year.

I came across a 1909 reference to a lecture held at the Wheaton Theatre, so the 1916 Music Trade Review announcement I cited must have marked its conversion into a movie theater. Judging from the photo I linked to, it looks like the Wheaton might have been a second-floor theater. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to find it listed in any edition of the Cahn guide.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm

“TITANIC” is finishing its run on May 31.1953.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 2, 2010 at 4:46 am

If this Star Theatre was previously the Wheaton Theatre, then the Wurlitzer installed in the Star Theatre in 1921 (Lost Memory’s comment of Aug 30, 2007) must have been in the other Star Theatre, aka the Knights of Pythias Hall. The Wheaton was apparently still in operation in 1937. An item in Boxoffice of June 5 that year reported a fire at the Wheaton Theatre in Weiser, so the house must have been renamed the Star when it was rebuilt following the fire.

The web site GenDisasters provides this page quoting a May 21, 1937, Ogden Standard Examiner item about the fire.

A 1916 issue of the Music Trade Review has this entry for Idaho in a list of theaters recently opened: “C. Matt Sears has just opened the Wheaton Theatre, a new moving picture house, at Weiser.”

GenWeb has this photo of the Wheaton Theatre. It does not bear much resemblance to the Star Theatre building seen in the recent photos.

A classified ad in Motion Picture Times of August 4, 1928, offered for sale a Wurlitzer K organ at $7,500 dollars. The ad was placed by A.C. Gordon. I wonder if that could have been the organ from the earlier Star Theatre?

teecee on April 26, 2005 at 10:21 am

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teecee on February 17, 2005 at 9:38 am

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