1516 Main Street,
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One of the first buildings in Strasburg, this theater specialized in silent films. After WWII, new ownership found a loss in attendance. It was closed in December 1953, but new owners took over and it was reopened following a refurbishment in February 1954. It was closed in December 1960 and the sloped floor, original seats, and large screen were removed to accomodate a small machine shop. It was briefly reopened in 1961.
Unfortunately, the building fell into disrepair, but was eventually re-opened for special occasions. At the present, this building is being restored.
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Not sure whether this is the same place, but here’s a note from Motion Picture Herald, Oct. 4, 1947: “Arthur Goldstein takes over Chieftain, Strassburg (sic), Colo., from Virgil Ulrich, who quit to care for his ranch and other business.”
By the following June, Goldstein was submitting reviews of movies and shorts from the Chieftain Theatre.
Motion Picture Herald, Dec. 5, 1953: “Arthur Goldstein, who recently closed the Ute, Strassburg (sic), Colo., because of poor business, has taken over the World, Denver, and will operate it on a subsequent basis.”
Motion Picture Herald, Dec. 19, 1953: “Lorene McCarthy has taken over the Ute, Strasburg, Colo., from Archie Goldstein, who had closed the house a few weeks ago. She will do some remodeling before reopening.”
Motion Picture Herald, Feb. 13, 1954: “Lorane McCarthy has reopened the Ute, Strassburg (sic), Colo., after remodeling the house and keeping it closed three months.”
Boxoffice, Dec. 4, 1954: “Loraine McCarthy, after driving back and forth to Strassburg (sic), 37 miles each way, has decided it was too much of a job and has sold the Ute to Clayton and Edith Crabb.”
Boxoffice, Sept. 12, 1960: “Cleve Grigsby has taken over the Ute Theatre, Strasburg, from the former owners, Pemberton & McGinnis.”
Boxoffice, Dec. 26, 1960: “C. Grigsby has closed the Ute in Strausburg (sic), Colo.”
Boxoffice, Feb. 27, 1961: “C. Grigsby will reopen the Ute Theatre, Strasburg, in mid-March after having closed it for several months”
Boxoffice, Aug. 14, 1961: “Jim Stewart purchased the Ute Theatre at Strausburg (sic) from C. Grisby”