West Theatre

29 E. Victory Way,
Craig, CO 81625

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WEST Theatre; Craig, Colorado.

The West Theatre was opened on April 8, 1939 with Bob Hope in “Never Say Die”. It was originally a single screen seating 500. It was remodeled in early-1947, reopening as the New West Theatre. It has since been converted to a twin.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 23, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Here is a June 2004 story from the Craig Daily Press:
http://tinyurl.com/cogfel

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 7, 2010 at 9:13 am

From the 1950s a photo postcard view of downtown Craig, misc businesses and the West Theatre.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 20, 2014 at 3:33 am

Seated 500 according to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942. Also listed as closed that same year.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on July 30, 2016 at 3:48 pm

No website. Movie showtimes are listed on their Facebook page or available by phone.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 7, 2017 at 11:12 am

1939 photo added, credit Gordon Sign from their archives. The West Theatre blade sign being transported via truck. Once source states the West was built in 1939.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 18, 2019 at 12:16 am

From the Jan. 4, 1947 issue of BoxOffice:

CRAIG, COLO. – Opening date for the New West Theatre here is only weeks away, and workmen have been working overtime to complete remodeling of the building early in January. Stan Stanfill, manager, hasn’t set the opening day as yet.

Ed Arnold, commercial artist, recently spent a week in Craig painting the panels for the auditorium. Arnold was in charge of all decorators and artists who worked on the buildings at the San Francisco World’s Fair of 1940.

New screen, new projection equipment, and new heating and ventilating systems are also being installed.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on November 18, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Feb. 8, 1947: “Gibralter Enterprises open West, Craig, Colo., after remodeling. They are closing the Craig.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on August 17, 2020 at 10:40 am

According to the Dec. 4, 1940 issue of the Craig Empire Courier, the Craig Theatre signed a 10-year lease on the West, effective Jan. 1, 1941. The announcement was made by the Craig’s owner, the redundantly named Stanfill Day Stanfill.

Stanfill said, “We are making plans for redecorating the front of the Craig and will make some few changes in the lobby to give us more display both in the lobby and on the front of the building.” Former West manager Bob Smith said he didn’t know what he’d be doing next.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm

West Twin Cinema recently got a new replica sign.

https://www.craigdailypress.com/news/a-new-look-west-twin-cinema-receives-new-sign-for-the-first-time-in-81-years/?fbclid=IwAR3fLrLfUcSpGoSWwLZkY48u0k_JQiOnhXIxC0lFnXeF_uS7rHIgyTnehyg

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