As films and movie theaters became increasingly popular modes of entertainment in the twentieth-century United States, the Intermountain West followed suit as families, migrants, and entrepreneurs established, renovated, and managed movie theaters to meet the growing demands. Movie theaters were more than just places for films and entertainment, though. As community spaces, theaters have been sites of desegregation and civil rights, community building in frontier towns, and technological innovation.
Ranging across Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada, this tour explores five historic movie theaters in the Intermountain West.
Designed in the 1950s at the height of America’s drive-in theater trend, the Spud provided residents of Teton County, Idaho, with an exciting cinematic experience. It has gained national attention for its service and its mascot “Old Murphy,” an oversized fake potato.
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