Mountaineer Theatre

228 N. Main Street,
Gunnison, CO 81230

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MichaelKilgore on October 9, 2021 at 12:52 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Jan. 19, 1952: “Ben Snyder has bought the interests of his partner, George Besse, in the Unique, Gunnison, Colo.”

Motion Picture Herald, May 17, 1952: “C. Y. Yaeger and Dave Davis bought the Unique, Gunnison, Colo., from Ben Snyder.”

Motion Picture Herald, May 24, 1952: “Fay Boyd … has been moved by Atlas Theatres to Gunnison, Colo., to manage the Unique, recently bought by that company from Ben Snyder.”

And here’s that renaming date. Motion Picture Herald, June 25, 1955: “The Unique, Gunnison, Colo., owned by Atlas Theatres, closed for remodeling, to be reopened July 1 as the West.”

MichaelKilgore on November 30, 2019 at 9:25 pm

Boxoffice, Feb. 18, 1974: “The old West Theatre in Gunnison reopened early this year, following extensive remodeling, as the Mountaineer Theatre. The cinema is being operated by Frank Poye, former Houston contractor, and his wife Carol, assisted by their five youngsters.”

MichaelKilgore on September 14, 2019 at 12:25 am

It appears that the Unique was renamed the West in the mid-1950s by Atlas Theatre Corp. In the theater circuit listings of the Motion Picture Almanac series, Atlas owned the Unique in 1955-56, then the West from 1957 through 1976. Both Atlas and the West were absent from the 1977 MPA.

On Page 77 of “Western State College: Mountain Mecca” by Duane Vandenbusche, there’s a photo of a group standing in front of the West marquee with a caption that refers to “Gunnison’s West Theatre”.