Montana May 10, 2019
This Tiny Theatre In Montana Is The Last Of its Kind
When you visit the little city of Anaconda, you’ll notice the Washoe Theatre right away. Its Art Deco style architecture stands out amongst the other buildings on Main Street, and that’s no accident. In fact, it was the last theater in the United States constructed in the Nuevo Deco style.
The Washoe was designed in 1931, but it didn't open until 1936 due to the Great Depression.
This was once the site of the Margaret Theatre, constructed in 1897 and named after Copper King Marcus Daly's wife.It was sold in 1926 and renamed the Sundial, but unfortunately, it burned down in a fire that same year.
The space was designed by B. Marcus Priteca, the architect of the Hollywood Pantages theater.
It was designed to have nearly perfect acoustics, which wasn't an easy feat at the time.
The theatre itself is more impressive than any movie you'll see.
The walls are decked out in ornate details, and copper lines the space, which pays homage to Montana's copper mining past. Anaconda was once one of the world’s largest processors of copper, after all.
The theatre is now owned by Washoe Amusement Company, which keeps everything pristine.
The silk curtain is so old that employees are hesitant to take it down for a cleaning lest the little piece of history fall apart.
Movies here run on a Friday - Thursday schedule.
Of course, only one film can play here at a time, but the locals don't mind.
The next time you're in Anaconda, check this place out.
Not only is it a beautiful historic building, but seeing a movie here is a lot of fun.
Address: 305 Main Street, Anaconda, MT, 59711
For information on movie showtimes, check out the
Washoe Theatre website. And while you’re at it, spend some time exploring Anaconda.