Mother Lode Theatre

316 W. Park Street,
Butte, MT 59701

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Mother Lode Theatre

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

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

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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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2014 at 6:27 pm

We’re missing the aka Temple Theatre mentioned in the description.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm

The September 13, 1924, issue of Exhibitors Trade Review said that the Temple Theatre in Butte was practically completed and would have its formal opening soon. The theater was designed by the firm of Link & Haire (John G. Link and Charles S. Haire.)

DavidZornig on November 14, 2015 at 5:45 pm

It was also called the Bow Theatre in the late `50’s, photo added courtesy of Copper City .Com Facebook page. And it was the Fox in 1932, photo credit Smithers added.

Both Fox and Bow should be added as AKA’s.

DavidZornig on November 14, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Accodring to the history in the below link, it was the Temple, Fox, Bow, Fox again, and finally Mother Lode.

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