America Stadium Theatre

119 S. Center Street,
Casper, WY 82601

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 20, 2018 at 8:57 pm

1969 photo added via Mike Mase Mason. 1969 versus 2015 comparison shot added as well.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 18, 2017 at 2:23 pm

This opened on October 15th, 1920. Grand opening ad below. I think that the America was rebuilt or torn down and a new one built around 1950. Awaiting further digitization of the Casper newspapers.

Found on Newspapers.com

MichaelGraham
MichaelGraham on March 5, 2016 at 2:47 pm

This theater is in the process of installing leather reclining seats. Right now the top half of the auditorium has these seats, while the bottom portion is empty and awaiting these new seats. I am hoping that some else can report on how many seats there were be after all are installed.

WyoDan
WyoDan on December 9, 2011 at 7:53 am

Good news and bad news. They’ve converted to digital projection so the option to ever see a 70mm showing there again seems impossible now. That said, 70mm prints are almost never struck so it’s probably not a huge loss. Just a couple of years ago one of the owners said they didn’t make a digital projector that could fill that massive screen. Well, they do now and I’m happy to say it looks spectacular. Still one of the best places to see a movie in the area, and I actually prefer it to the IMAX in Denver. We’re very lucky here.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm

From July 2010 a photo of the America Theatre in Casper.

MichaelGraham
MichaelGraham on February 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

This is actually owned by Movie Palaces Inc. or at least that is name listed at the bottom of their website.

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm

The America in 1994. I heard that three years later they held a special regional premiere screening of “Starship Troopers” here – parts of that film were shot in nearby Powder River.
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stephangelos
stephangelos on December 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I had a part time job working for Commonwealth in the 70s and 80s. I spent a lot of time managing the America. It’s a great building…a real theater. I remember lots of hours spent freezing in the lobby and box office. The offices and projection are up stairs along with what used to be dressing rooms when the theater was used for live theater. Great memories of the place and esp the people.

Marktech
Marktech on October 13, 2007 at 12:48 pm

This is THE PLACE to see a film in the Mountain States! The America was remodeled by its very fussy owners a few years ago and features the largest screen in the state of Wyoming and the largest sound system between New York and Hollywood. Indeed this theater is better equipped than the Cinerama Dome! The back half was stadiumed and the front half still retains its sloped floor all new concessions and restrooms. The screen measures close to 60 feet wide. The sound system utilizes JBL’s largest 5674 tri-amped stage speakers. 4 Dual JBL 18" subs anlong with 22 JBL 8340 surrounds are very impressive to hear. All amplification is by QSC and a Panastero sound processor coupled to a DTS XD-10 and Sony DFP-2000 provide analog and two formats of digital playback. The America is also 70mm capable and is equipped with a Phillips DP-70 projector and Christie SLH lamphouse. Screen brightness at this theater is well with in SMPTE spec.

All in all this theater is a big surprise located in such a remote place. Its a don’t miss theater!

MichaelGraham
MichaelGraham on September 11, 2006 at 5:19 pm

Can’t tell you much about the history of this theater located at 1st and Center other than the fact that Commonwealth Theaters leased the theater in 80s. In the late 80s it was sold and then remodeled. I remember standing in line several times to watch a double feature for just $1.50. Also remember, as many did waiting to see movies there for a cheap price, as they had play at the theater in Eastridge Mall or Beverly Plaza before moving to the America or Rialto downtown. Last year the theater was remodeled once again and now has stadium style seating and shows first run features.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 4, 2006 at 7:10 am

Here is a photo of the American Theatre in Casper (note the name change). The building appears to be similar to that as shown in the photo above.

http://tinyurl.com/h389b

William
William on December 6, 2003 at 6:18 pm

The America Theatre seated 808 people.