42 N. Main Street,
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WYO Theater (Official)
Previously operated by: Fox Inter-Mountain Theaters Inc.
Functions: Performing Arts
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Lotus Theatre
The WYO Theater was built in 1923 as a vaudeville house called the Lotus Theatre. Later, the theater switched to movies-only format and was renovated in 1941 and given a new Moderne facade. The theater held out for another four decades before closing in 1982.
A non-profit group later restored the theater and reopened it as a performing arts center in 1989.
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There is a larger version of the postcard above on this page:
Here is a more recent photo of a band posing in front of the Wyo:
We saw a live performance at this fine theatre on 5/26/07. Very comfortable, but I don’t believe the capacity is 483. It looked more like 800 to 1000.
Here is a 1955 view of Main Street in Sheridan. The Wyo marquee is behind the Lotus Cafe sign. On the marquee, the two films are “This Island Earth” and “Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle”:
Here is an undated photo:
The impressive WYO in summer of 1994:
“Ross Campbell was taken over the operation of the Wyo Theatre, Sheridan, Wyo., from Fox Intermountain Theatres. Campbell has been operating the Orpheum Theatre in Sheridan” — Boxoffice, June 27, 1960