Rainbo Theatre

540 Court Street,
Elko, NV 89801

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The Elko Reno Evening Gazette reported March 2, 1946, Elko was to have a new theatre. John and Jack Hunter expected the $60,000 theatre, being built with their new apartment building, would even have tower for television.

Designed by Al Knox, it would seat 640 on the main floor with 60 loges in the balcony and have a crying room. Glass blocks, the latest trend in building design, would be utilized.

Mr. Hunter said there were plans to open the Rainbo Theatre on August 15, 1946, with a full scale Hollywood premiere, stars and all.

In the late-1950’s the Hunter’s converted the theatre into the Rainbo Lanes bowling alley, which closed in the 1990’s.

The North Eastern Nevada Historical Society reports the building was demolished in June 2001 and replaced by a city building.

Film Daily Year Book 1947 lists 700 seats.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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