601 Central Avenue,
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Architects: George H. Shanley
Functions: Parking Garage
Previous Names: Pantages Theatre
The Pantages Theatre was located in the Rocky Mountain Insurance Building. It was built in 1914. The Pantages Theatre was initially a vaudeville house. The architect was George H. Stanley. The theatre seated 1,200 which included the main floor and two balconies and three lower boxes on each side. The exterior of the building was done in Beau-Arts Eclectic style, but the interior of the theatre was done in a French Renaissance style.
In 1924 motion pictures became the entertainment focus of the future for Great Falls and the Pantages Theatre was renamed the Rainbow Theatre. The theatre closed in 1935, but was reopened at the beginning of WWII. The theatre closed again in 1964 and was let deteriorate and one of the balconies caved in and the auditorium became a covered parking area. Fox theatres operated the Rainbow Theatre from the early-1940’s until its closing in 1964.
When I did a image search on Bing the building came up but it looks like there was a major fire in the upper portions of the building. There is a covered walkway along the front and side of the building. But I could find no info on the fire. You can see the building by hitting the map key in the header.
Any further information on the Pantages/Rainbow would be appreciated.
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