Lamar Theatre

219 S. Main Street,
Lamar, CO 81052

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Although the Lamar Theatre was opened in November 1946, it’s HIGH Art Deco in style. This is truly a beautiful theatre, and it is amazingly preserved. It has all that “rounded angle” quality you’d expect along with fantastic mural work.

The Lamar Theatre shows first run movies nightly. It was built for owner Charlie Yeager. This hidden gem is nestled in downtown Lamar, CO, where its marquee lights up the night sky. For theatre fans, this one’s a delight!

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 13, 2009 at 6:28 am

This may have been the Pioneer at one time. This item was in Boxoffice magazine in November 1946, when the Lamar opened:

LAMAR, COLO.-C.U. Yeager and Dave Davis, officials of the Atlas Theatre Corp., have completed the refurbishing of their Pioneer Theater here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 13, 2009 at 7:56 am

The Lamar Theatre was designed by Denver architect Charles D. Strong. An article about it with photos was published in the March 29, 1947, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. Decorations in the Lamar were executed by Hart Theatrical Decorating and Display. The new house had been built in a converted retail building. It was not the Pioneer Theatre.

mistymonet
mistymonet on August 14, 2010 at 12:01 am

To my understanding, it was the Pioneer Theatre that was located at approximately 111 South Main Street in Lamar, CO. You can still see ghost images of the old scrolled paintings high on the walls from the old theatre which is now a roofless space used for a small amount of downtown parking. The area where the screen was located is a large square opening, and the old emergency exits are still evident on each side of the old screen (opening).

One of my uncles who worked at that theatre during the time it was being closed and/or demolished, told me he spent many long days tending a fire, burning the old movie posters [gasp]! I guess they didn’t realize then what they’d be worth in the years to come!

The same uncle, along with both of my parents and other family members worked at the then newer Lamar Theatre at 216 South Main Street, as well as the Arrow Drive-In east of Lamar. What great memories I have of that theatre!

Oh, my uncle also told me that the Lamar Theatre had a “sister” theatre in the Denver area. The Lamar’s art deco look was either modeled from that theatre or vice versa. I don’t know where that theatre was, or if it’s still standing.

mistymonet
mistymonet on August 14, 2010 at 12:20 am

Another memory of growing up in Lamar, CO…. In the 70’s there was another theatre in town called the Century Theatre. It was located around 206 South 5th Street. The building has since been renovated and is now the home of a mortuary.

I believe the Century opened during a time when the Lamar Theatre was closed down and not in operation. If I recall correctly, the Lamar Theatre reopened in the late 70’s to early 80’s, and for a short time, Lamar enjoyed two theatres as well as a drive-in theatre. I think the Century Theatre and the Lamar Drive-in closed soon into the 80’s.

DonLewis
DonLewis on October 27, 2010 at 5:33 am

From 2010 a photo view of the Lamar Theatre Here and Here in Lamar.

HodgePodge
HodgePodge on January 30, 2012 at 8:08 am

My dad managed the Pioneer and the Lamar in Lamar and became the general manager for Atlas Theatre Corp. I rember selling popcorn at the drive in as a very young kid.

I found some old photos and newspaper clippings in our family photos and put them up on flicker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/75481081@N02/

HodgePodge
HodgePodge on February 1, 2012 at 5:44 am

New Link http://www.flickr.com/photos/deepdiver521/

HodgePodge
HodgePodge on February 1, 2012 at 6:58 am

“Oh, my uncle also told me that the Lamar Theatre had a “sister” theatre in the Denver area. The Lamar’s art deco look was either modeled from that theatre or vice versa. I don’t know where that theatre was, or if it’s still standing.”

The Gothic Theater in Englewood is the sister theater and was modeled after the Lamar during its remodel.

DonLewis
DonLewis on February 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

From 1987 a photo of the Lamar Theatre in Lamar Colorado.

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