Central Theatre

145 W. 15th Street,
Ely, NV 89301

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Interior auditorium

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The historic Central Theatre is located in downtown Ely on W. 15th Street. The Art Deco style single screen theater opened on March 31, 1941 and was built for Percy W. & Walter Hull. Seating for 731 was located on a single level. It showed first-run movies. The Central Theatre was closed in December 2011.

It was reopened on May 28, 2012. In December 2013, it was purchased by Christopher Lani & Don Purinton, both of Ely. Conversion to digital projection is planned late-February 2014.

The Central Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

Contributed by Bryan

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Once again cool night shot ken mc.

rivest266
rivest266 on December 28, 2011 at 8:36 am

According to its facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ely-Central-Theater/298538513492675 , It closed in December.

beentheredonethat
beentheredonethat on March 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

I worked here as a teen in the late 50’s and early 60’s. The box office was between the doors. That was in the days when John Mariani was the doorman and Vic Walker was the Manager. Great times.

Christopherlani
Christopherlani on July 1, 2012 at 1:32 am

The Central Theater is reopened as of May 28th, 2012. I am managing it and am putting together a group to purchase the theater. Digital conversion should be completed by Sept.

Christopherlani
Christopherlani on July 1, 2012 at 1:36 am

New Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/ElysCentralTheater

rivest266
rivest266 on July 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Wrong link: should be http://www.facebook.com/ElysCentralTheater

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Here’s an interesting line from the NRHP Registration Form for the Central Theatre:

“The original interior had ‘pastel tinting and designing by Hugo Claussen combined with thick carpeting and soft florescent lighting to produce a restful feeling.’”
The form doesn’t specify the source for the quote naming Hugo Clausen (which I believe is the correct spelling of his surname), but it might have been from the Ely Daily Times, which is cited as a general source.

Christopherlani
Christopherlani on December 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

The Central Theater is being purchased by Christopher Lani and Don Purinton. Digital conversion will take place towards the end of Febuary, 2014.

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