Ellen Theatre

17 W. Main Street,
Bozeman, MT 59715

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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas

Architects: Fred F. Willson

Functions: Concerts, Live Theater, Movies, Special Events

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 406.585.5885

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Ellen Theatre

The Ellen Theatre is located in historic downtown Bozeman, Montana. The theatre was designed by architect Fred F. Willson and opened on December 1, 1919. In January 1925, a Wurlitzer (opus #979) organ was shipped from the Wurlitzer factory and installed in the theatre as a Style E X (two chambers). The organ is still playing at the theater.

The Ellen Theatre was named after Ellen Trent Story, the wife of Nelson Story, who settled in Bozeman in the mid-1800’s. He drove 3,000 head of cattle from Texas to Bozeman, which formed the beginnings of the cattle industry in Montana.

Last operated by Carmike Cinemas, the Ellen Theatre closed in June 2007. It was purchased by a local theatrical group called Montan TheatreWorks. After several months of refurbishing and construction, the theatre reopened in December 2008. It is now a thriving showplace for the community, hosting plays, musicals, concerts, film, school events and fundraisers for local non-profits.

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Chainsaw
Chainsaw on December 25, 2004 at 5:14 pm
  1. In 1992, Robert Redford and cast members premiered “A River Runs Through It” at the Ellen, setting a house record box office of $14,895. Joseph McBride, Variety.com (Oct 19, 1992)

  2. In September 2004, Peter Fonda accepted the Gary Cooper Spirit of Montana Award on-stage at the Ellen. Fonda, along with other Hollywood celebs like Jeff Bridges, Rick Schroeder, Michael Keaton, and Margot Kidder live in the neighborhood. Gary Cooper, a Montana native, was also a close friend of Fonda’s father, Henry. Peter Fonda was being recognized primarily for his contribution to, and mentorship of, local artists – especially at the Montana State University film school. Scott McMillion, Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Sep. 04, 2004).

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 17, 2007 at 12:49 am

Here is an article from June 2007. The theater may be closed:
http://tinyurl.com/2wcy64

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 12, 2008 at 11:52 pm

No showtimes listed as of today. Here is another photo:
http://tinyurl.com/3du7vf

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 17, 2010 at 2:57 am

From the 1930s a photo of the Ellen Theatre in Bozeman.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2010 at 12:51 am

Nice photos Don and Chuck.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 11, 2011 at 2:57 am

Wasn’t it called CINEMA ONE in the Early Seventies.I have “LONGEST YARD” playing Christmas day at the Cinema One.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 11, 2011 at 3:38 am

That is so strange.But I believe you when it comes to small towns! Looking at the ads one day it is the Ellen theatre next day one sees Cinema One.Guess they had no advertising Budget.thanks.Iam glad i did not submit a New Theatre.LOL.

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