Mother Lode Theatre

316 W. Park Street,
Butte, MT 59701

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Built as the Temple Theatre in 1923, the Mother Lode has emerged, after a $3 million dollar renovation, as an opulent and fully equipped performing arts center. The Mother Lode, with its superior sight lines and acoustics, is also a favorite venue for conventions and conferences.

The Mother Lode seats 303 on its main floor, 370 in the mezzanine, 182 in the first ring (loge) of the balcony, and 347 in the remainder of the balcony for a total of 1,202 seats. Approximately 50 temporary seats can be added if necessary to the house.

The Mother Lode is a popular venue for local, regional and national touring productions as well as community events. The Mother Lode is the performing home to the Butte Symphony Association and the Butte Community Concert Association.

Contributed by george everett, Gregg

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 8, 2006 at 12:53 pm

This is a recent photo of the Mother Lode Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 29, 2006 at 3:42 pm

Architectural firm of Link and Haire.

From the Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization site:

Fox (Mother Lode) Theater (Masonic Temple Annex)

“An overabundance of copper on the world market all but halted building activity in Uptown Butte in the 1920s. This splendid, long-established theater is one exception, completed in 1923. Following the example of Butte’s most significant Twentieth Century buildings, the Masons commissioned the architectural firm of Link and Haire to create the impressive Beaux-Arts style structure. Four colossal engaged columns with Ionic capitals, lions' heads, decorative iron work, and multi-colored terra cotta highlight its monumental façade. Today the Fox Theater continues to provide entertainment to the public”.

GaryParks on March 24, 2007 at 7:45 pm

When I saw and photographeed the exterior of this theatre in 1981, there was a 1940s vertical FOX sign and wedge-shaped marquee attached to the abovementioned columned facade. The theatre was still showing movies at that time, at bargain prices. There was also a huge brick theatre a few blocks away called the Montana, which looked to be of ‘teens vintage. It too, had a 1940s-looking vertical and marquee. The Montana, however, was closed, and looked like it had been for some time.

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