Anaconda's Washoe Theater, as anyone who has been inside is well aware, is an art deco treasure with painted murals, copper, silver & gold leaf, fantastic acountics and other luxuries long forgotten in the theater world including an amazing blue silk curtain with stags painted on it.
I can't count the number of movies I saw in this theater as a child. However, until this year I had never seen the marquee in all its glory.
When I was a child growing up in Anaconda, the colorful jewels in the crown of the marquee and all of the neon were absent. The reader board would advertise the movie currently playing, which was always months late in arriving. The price of admission couldn't be beat, though -- just $1 on Sundays. Movies played Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
In the last few years, the proprietor asked his patrons if an admission increase would be positively accepted to allow him to bring movies in closer to their release dates. The change was positively accepted. The next change was to expand the open days -- movies now show 7 days a week. Last, the restoration of marquee. And thus the good ole days at the Washoe Theater have returned.
Isn't it grand?!
© Katie LaSalle-Lowery