Craig Theatre

Victory Way,
Craig, CO 81625

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Previously operated by: Gibraltar Enterprises Inc.

Previous Names: Victory Theatre

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Craig Theatre

The Victory Theatre was opened prior to 1921 and had 450 seats. It had been renamed Craig Theatre by 1941 still retaining 450 seats into at least 1943. It was destroyed by fire on May 9, 1947.

A new 600-seat Craig Theatre was built on the site which opened in 1950.

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez

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MichaelKilgore on November 18, 2019 at 11:35 am

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

Motion Picture Herald, May 17, 1947: “The Craig, Craig, Colo., closed for remodeling, owned by Gibralter Enterprises, burned to the ground.”

MichaelKilgore on July 1, 2020 at 1:09 pm

The (Grand Junction CO) Daily Sentinel, Nov. 5, 1947: “Craig – Construction of the new Craig theatre was started recently on the site of the old theatre which was destroyed by fire May 9. Cost of the building is estimated at $120,000. Plans include two stores flanking the theatre lobby and entrance; capacity will be 600. Schumour Theatres, Inc., which also owns the West theatre here, is building the Craig.”

MichaelKilgore on August 17, 2020 at 7:28 am

The Jan. 1, 1925 issue of the Craig Courier ran an article titled “History of the Victory Theatre”. It called it “the only theatre and movie house in the county,” seating 450, run by Chapman and Evans, who bought it in December 1921 from Ora Card.

Card opened the theater “in the old building near the D. & O. Lumber yard, now used as a warehouse. The Evans Block, on Victory Way, was built about that time, and the theatre occupied a large part of its ground floor space. The new management called their place of amusement the "Gem” and by this name it was known until last summer when it was re-christened, the "Victory” theatre.”

Chapman and Evans planned improvements to start in Spring 1925 including “the installing of a slanting floor, the rearrangement of the lower floor and the building of an upper story which will be used for office rooms, the construction of a modern stage and dressing rooms,” and a high ceiling above the stage for hanging scenery.

MichaelKilgore on September 24, 2020 at 7:57 am

The Dec. 12, 1934 issue of the Craig Empire Courier announced the reopening of the Victory after a weekend closure to install a new sound system and other improvements. “The side and rear walls (of the main auditorium) have been paneled and attractive scenes painted at intervals.” Owner Alma Evans also installed an electrically-controlled curtain.

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