Knights of Pythias Lodge Hall
30 E. Idaho Street,
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Firms: Tourtellotte & Company
Functions: Fraternal Hall
Styles: Romanesque Revival
Previous Names: Star Theatre
This castle-like building was built primarily as a lodge hall but once played silent movies. Tourtellotte and Company, responsible for the Idaho State Capitol Building, designed it in the early 1900s. Tourtellotte, a prominent Idaho architect, along with his partner Hummell, would later design Boise’s Egyptian Theatre and the Gorby Opera Theatre in Glenn’s Ferry.
The building was put on The National Register of Historic Places in 1976 with its style listed as medieval revival. A vintage photograph shows that it was once called the Star and is across the street from a more modern theatre called the Star, which is also on the National Register.
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Here is the PSTOS page about the Pythian/Star Theatre. It has three photos.
The PSTOS page I linked to says that this house might be the one that got the Wurlitzer organ in 1921, but it couldn’t have been. The organ had to have been installed in the later Star Theatre that was built in 1917. The Knights of Pythias lodge ceased to be the Star Theatre in 1913, when the name was moved to the Wheaton Theatre. The Wheaton returned to its original name after the third Star Theatre opened in 1917.
Here is the CinemaTour page for the Star Theatre. Including 5 Ron Pierce photos. Also below is a link to a photo from the Wikipedia page for the Knights of Pythia Lodge Hall.