The Good Ole Days Return

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    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
    www.bigskycountry.net

    1. Slingher 77 months ago | reply

      What a great picture and a wonderful story. That place has character! I love places like that. Happy New Year Katie!

    2. tkblize 77 months ago | reply

      I have always loved these kind of theaters. And what a great story for this one. So glad to see this. And a wonderful photo, too.

    3. Rebecca Tifft 77 months ago | reply

      Yes, I miss these old theaters. So nice that this is saved.
      Brought back fond memories, Thanks :)
      It IS impressive...

    4. psmphotography 77 months ago | reply

      Wonderfully colorful!! Wish more cities would think like this and save these old treasures.

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    5. aspenbreezes [deleted] 77 months ago | reply

      Absolutely beautiful!!! I love it. Does bring back memories and what a wonderful thing to have it restored! Great shot to Katie.

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    6. Cyn~ 77 months ago | reply

      Wonderful capture Katie! Love the colorful neon lights! Hurray for restoration! Happy New Year!

    7. ChipM2008 77 months ago | reply

      Yes, It is grand. And it is perfectly exposed for maximum dramatic effect of the beautiful neon lights. Excellent work Katie. A real beauty with some wonderful information included. Bravo!

    8. sibi ar 77 months ago | reply

      nice capture..happy new year

    9. patia 77 months ago | reply

      What a beauty. Thank you for sharing its story.

    10. ZhenPanda 76 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called National Register of Historic Places in Montana, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. erinjuntunen 76 months ago | reply

      Hey, Washoe is looking great!! I don't remember going to any movies there when we lived in Anaconda, but I remember going to some in the late 80s when we came back to visit friends and family. It looks totally different now. :)

    12. Hank Halsey 76 months ago | reply

      Awesome Night shot ....Great story also !!!!

    13. stephanielynnm 74 months ago | reply

      my father grew up in anaconda, graduated in 1976 (i think) and his best friend owns this theater. he would take my brother and me here during the day and we'd get to run around and hide and seek and swing on the robe behind the curtain. i love and miss it very much. can't wait to visit it on my return to anaconda, hopefully, soon.

    14. slzgg 73 months ago | reply

      What a treasure! Nicely captured! I need to see this someday.

    15. Jon Taylor Montana 68 months ago | reply

      Jerry, the proprietor, is the nicest, kindest Theater owner I will EVER know. I love what he has done over the past 16 years that my children and I have gone there. The Washoe is a treasure today because of all his effort. I thank you for allowing this beautiful place to speak to the hearts of your patrons.
      Washoe Theater Marquee (Daytime)
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