Bassie Theatre

Roosevelt, UT 84066

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After the Elan Theatre shut its doors for its final time in April 1917, the city of Roosevelt have at least no theatres for only a month and a half. It wasn’t until June of 1917 when the Newtuck Theatre opened its doors. This theatre is currently its compressor for mainstream silent films and special events such as performing arts. Its original operators Mr. and Mrs. Peter Clark of Vernal, UT (30 miles northeast) have left the Newtuck Theatre and began living at a Babcock residence on S. Main Street on the 4th of July just shortly right after the theatre’s grand opening in 1917 right after the theatre’s compressor Paul Watkins injured himself after falling from a scaffold and wrenching his ankle.

On May 31, 1918, operators and compressors of the Newtuck Theatre and the Bassie Amusement Company held a monthly meeting that they have several names under advertising advise and the company gave out a new name to the Newtuck Theatre in early-June of that year. 2 weeks later, the name changed to the Bassie Theatre.

Things turned upside down during its last few years in the mid-1920’s. On January 14, 1925, danger looks into the aisle as a newly designed theatre is announced for the city of Roosevelt and the city began constructing it and plans were resolved if the new theatre was available to be opened by June 1st of that year (or later). It was known as the New Theatre, and later became the more-popular Utopia Theatre (1925-1946, later became the Uinta Theatre from 1947-present). The Bassie Theatre’s operations then went silent, and without a single word mentioned onto the Roosevelt Standard pages. The New Theatre’s curiosity killed Bassie after the future Utopia Theatre opened its doors in the summer of 1925, this means the Bassie ended up closing its doors for the final moment at that time.

2 years later on December 18, 1927, N.J. Mengher, cashier of the city of Vernal bank and administrator of Thomas Rhoades property bought the mark of the unsafe and dangerously conditioned Bassie Theatre and the theatre was then torn and demolished later that day.

Contributed by 50sSnipes
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