Liberty Theatre

110 Jerome Avenue,
Jerome, AZ 86324

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pleasefeedthedog on February 12, 2009 at 8:49 pm

small update: I was just in the Liberty today and the owners son said that they should have the digital projection up and working for this weekend. Apparently its a small documentary on the history of the theater. That would make for a special ghostly lovers tour since it will be Feb 14, 2009 a day after Friday the 13th. Neat town.

I just realized the weather forecast probably won’t make for a easy ride this Sat. Jerome is up ‘round 5000’

thegrinch on May 10, 2008 at 1:38 am

Patsy – Yes, the Haunted Hamburger. The folks in Jerome love to capitalize on their ‘ghost town’ heritage! A lot of the little businesses in town have some reference to ghost in their names. The Haunted Hamburger also has great views of the Verde Valley from the dining room and is propped up on stilts as I recall like so many of the homes and businesses in Jerome. Don

Patsy on May 9, 2008 at 8:37 am

Don Story: The Haunted Hamburger Cafe?

thegrinch on May 8, 2008 at 10:36 pm

Patsy and Cinema Treasures folks – The old Grand Hotel is a great place to stay and EAT while in Jerome. When I last stayed there not all room are air conditioned so if you stay there in the hotter months you might want to be sure and get a room with a/c. The valley view from the hotel of the Verde Valley is pretty spectacular too. The old elevator is straight out of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” so practice your Charleston steps! The Haunted Hamburger cafe right by the turnoff to go to the hotel is a great place for lunch and supper if you don’t want to splurge at the gourmet restaurant at the hotel.

Patsy on May 8, 2008 at 12:11 pm

ken mc: I just sent the Jerome hotel an email requesting a brochure!!

Patsy on May 8, 2008 at 12:04 pm

ken mc: Thanks as THAT JEROME LINK IS QUITE INFORMATIVE! Theatre history AND hotel history!

kencmcintyre on May 8, 2008 at 11:56 am

I took 66 from LA to Chicago two years ago. I don’t remember seeing Jerome at all, which is odd. I did take the spur that goes through Oatman, so that may be the reason. Anyway, here is a site with more photos:

Patsy on May 8, 2008 at 11:49 am

Don Story: Thanks for the “eagle eye” update on this one in AZ.

thegrinch on May 8, 2008 at 3:05 am

Patsy (and Cinema Treasures fans) I believe Bob Altherr the current owner has the eagle figure which fell off the front of the building and sustained some damage. A friend is going to repair it and rehang it I believe. I haven’t been to Jerome in over a year so don’t know if that has happened. The interior is a mixture of fairly accurate restoration of the 1918 decor and design as far as the old balcony area (which is now the only part used as a theatre) and the main floor has undergone several redos such as having the floor flattened and the old stage area removed. It is a gift shop now and used to access the balcony for movies. Bob also wants to restore the original scallop style front above the original box office area.

shoeshoe14 on February 5, 2008 at 6:23 pm

I came across this theatre in a magazine called “Route 66 Pulse” out of New York State, dedicated to preserving Route 66 as a destination. There are ads from the entire route and last issue there was a small piece on Jerome which was revitalized by hippies and artists in the sixties. They of course mentioned this theatre – “Jerome is also home to a Cinema Museum housed in the old Liberty Theatre that opened in 1918 and closed in 1929. It is a working theatre today.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 14, 2007 at 10:59 am

Hello Patsy. As you may have read the Liberty shows movies part time on some weekends and it was not our lucky weekend they were closed.

Patsy on January 12, 2007 at 8:47 am

The LIBERTY lettering photo was quite clearn and does show the eagle missing (do wonder where it went)and that some of the lettering is missing, too. What is the interior like? Any good photos?

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 11, 2007 at 9:20 pm

Here are two more images of the LIBERTY.

Close up of the LIBERTY lettering and apparently where an eagle was (wonder what happened to that?)

And an old projector dispalyed outside the entrance ot the theater and museum.
View link

Click on (map) at top of this page beside the address and it will take you to a good view of where jerome is.

Patsy on January 11, 2007 at 5:40 pm

Don: Thanks for the website as it does show more of the theatre exterior. Where is Jerome AZ?

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 11, 2007 at 12:52 pm

Hello Patsy. The Liberty is one of the more difficult theaters I have ever photgraphed and my photo does not do it justice. It is about 2 ½-3 stories high sitting on a narrow two lane street. The only evidence of a marquee seems to be the dome shaped crack under the LIBERTY lettering. I have few more pictures that I will try to locate and post.

Have you checked thier website out?

Patsy on January 10, 2007 at 6:19 pm

Don: Do you have another photo that would show this theatre’s marquee, etc.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 16, 2006 at 4:24 pm

My photograph of the LIBERTY THEATER View link

teecee on April 27, 2005 at 7:05 am

I have an exterior photo from 2001 before the restoration back to theater use. Unfortunately it was taken during my pre digitial days and I’ll need to scan it for emailing/posting.

Altherr on March 24, 2005 at 9:51 pm

My wife and I bought the Liberty Theatre building about two years ago. We renovated the lower area of the theatre which was converted into a cafe in 1929 and then became retail during the late 60s. The upper balcony area had been left as it was when the theatre closed in 1929 and we have restored it and are now able to show movies as well as do live performances. During the day the theatre is open to the public with old posters and projection equipment on display. We are just starting a web site @ and can be reached at and 928 649-9016.
Robert & Debra Altherr

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 23, 2004 at 11:27 am

We recently “discovered” Jerome and the Liberty Theater (December 19th 2004) and share your thoughts. It is like a ghost town, but with people, literally built high the side of a mountain. We could not identify any additonal theater sights.

The Liberty is located on highway 89. 110 Jerome Avenue.

I have pictures to share and will email them if you like.