Atlas Theatre

211 W. Sixteenth Street,
Cheyenne, WY 82001

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Atlas Theatre

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The three-story building on 16th Street which now houses the Atlas Theatre was originally built in 1887. The bottom floor held a tea and confectionary shop while the upper floors were used for office space.

In 1907, Cheyenne architect William Dubois was hired to convert the first floor into a theater, which would be named the Atlas, as well as retail space fronting 16th Street. The Atlas remained open until 1929. A few months later, it was reopened by the Publix chain as the Strand, but closed again a couple years later. The Strand reopened and closed at least a couple more times until the mid-50s, when it was no longer used as a movie house. In 1961, the theater was converted into a nightclub, which would only remain open two years.

In 1966, the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players began to use the Atlas for their live theater productions. In 1971, the theater company purchased the Atlas. The Atlas was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

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teecee on May 5, 2005 at 2:07 pm

Upcoming renovations and history at this link:
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KenRoe on May 5, 2005 at 2:37 pm

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook’s 1941 and 1943 as closed, in the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. it is listed as open with a seating capacity of 404.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 29, 2006 at 4:52 pm

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1973

Atlas Theatre ** (added 1973 – Building – #73001933)
213 W. 16th St., Cheyenne
Historic Significance: Event
Area of Significance: Performing Arts
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade
Historic Sub-function: Professional, Restaurant
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Specialty Store, Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 6, 2007 at 1:44 pm

This website has a photo and some background on the Atlas Theater. Here is a working link for the Cheyenne Little Theater website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 16, 2007 at 6:29 pm

Here is another photo of the Atlas Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 24, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Here are some photos from the Library of Congress.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 23, 2009 at 9:00 am

Another photo of the Atlas Theater can be seen here.

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