Lincoln $ Saver

1615 Central Avenue,
Cheyenne, WY 82001

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MichaelKilgore on November 26, 2019 at 1:39 am

Boxoffice, December 1982: “The Lincoln Theatre located in downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming, recently ceased operations. The theatre had been operated by Mann Theatres and the building will now be demolished.”

uxtcmenuts on September 10, 2019 at 6:54 am

It is no longer a movie theater it is being turned in to a music venue witch I fear is going to destroy the art deco style of the building.

kpdennis on February 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

New pics of the Lincoln posted in the Photo section.

Trolleyguy on July 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

Now called the Lincoln $ Saver.

AndrewBarrett on February 5, 2015 at 10:50 pm

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by Mr. David Junchen, pg. 631, the “Lincoln Th.” in Cheyenne, Wyoming, originally had a 2 manual, 6 rank Smith theatre pipe organ installed at some point.

No further information about this organ, such as install date, blower information (horsepower and wind pressure), or nameplate (Seeburg-Smith, Smith, Smith-Geneva, or Leathurby-Smith) is given in this book’s listing (not available at the time of publication).

Given what Mr. Vogel has written about the Lincoln Theatre opening in 1927, it seems this house must have had a Leathurby-Smith organ (or at least, the latest type of Smith organ built in Alameda, California from circa 1925 to 1928, and frequently sold along the West Coast by Leathurby who was a San Francisco-based dealer).

IF this is true and there was no earlier “Lincoln Theatre” in Cheyenne with a Smith organ, then this would be the first (and so far, only) Leathurby-Smith (or “California-built Smith”) organ I’ve seen sold East of the Western states (all of the others of which I’m aware were originally sold to California, Oregon, or Washington state).

Does anybody know more about this organ, and where it, or its parts, is/are today? Thanks!

MichaelGraham on December 31, 2014 at 1:21 am

As per this theater was operated at some point by Mann Theatres.

Chris1982 on September 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

The Lincoln Theater is a well-known landmark for motorists traveling America’s first coast-to-coast road, the old Lincoln Highway. The 1950′s Art Deco style cinema still charges only a small admission.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 20, 2013 at 4:32 am

The April 1, 1927, issue of Motion Picture News said that the new Lincoln Theatre in Cheyenne had opened the previous week. The house was owned by the Plains Theatre Corporation.

roburtone on May 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm

The Lincoln closed for several years during the 1980s. I enjoyed seeing a handful of movies here after it reopened, before it was twinned. It is a real treasure!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 5, 2010 at 2:30 am

Another great looking theatre.

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Interesting name.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Photo in Boxoffice magazine showing the front of the theatre for presentation of Annie Get Your Gun, issue of September 30, 1950:
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MichaelGraham on February 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Fox Intermountain Theatres spent $125,000 to renovate the Lincoln Theatre in 1955. The reopening was mentioned in Boxoffice of August 20. The modern front dates from that time. The renovation, under the supervision of Fox Intermountain’s in-house architect Mel C. Glatz, included upgrading the screen and projection equipment to allow the Lincoln to present movies in the latest wide screen processes including Todd-AO.

The earliest mention of the Lincoln Theatre I’ve found in Boxoffice dates from October 1, 1938. It was listed as one of a number of theaters presenting both movies and live stage acts, though usually only on a single-day basis. As it had a stage, it was most likely opened in the 1920s or earlier.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on April 14, 2009 at 8:17 am

It is a 2nd run discount house. admission (presently) is $2.00 or free when you purchase a bag of popcorn. I visited in March of ‘09 and saw “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” In the original downstairs auditorium. My memory isn’t serving me well but for some reason, I think that it’s a triplex. I seem to remember the upstairs having 2 theaters with the large, original auditorium down. At any rate, it is very tastefully divided, as someone else stated above. The color scheme in the main auditorium is blue and it features a curved screen. It is a very large and impressive building, both inside and out. The lobby is very nice and well decorated with a large concession stand. Took a peek in the balcony theater (or one of them, if I’m right about it being a triplex) and it was very nice as well, although very small. It did retain much of the original balcony look and feel.

A wonderful theater to visit. I’d kill to have been able to experience it back in its single screen days!

Marktech on October 13, 2007 at 8:40 pm

This theater was very tastfully twinned and the balcony and main floor now serve as the two theaters. This is a great place to see a movie if you’re in Cheyenne. Its very well kept up and well operated.

William on December 7, 2003 at 2:19 am

The Lincoln Theatre is located at 1615 Central Ave. and it seated 1221 people.