211 E. Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit
Architects: A.J. Gibson
Previous Names: Harnois Theater, Missoula Theater, Fox Liberty Theater
Built by Charles Harnois on Main Street in 1909 as the city’s premier opera house, presenting light opera and vaudeville acts, the opening show was on February 25, 1909, “Brewster’s Millions”. In 1914, Harnois sold the theater, which was renamed the Missoula Theater. By 1922, the theater had been acquired by the Northwest Theater Company, and the name was again changed, to the Liberty Theater.
By this time, it had become a motion picture theater. In the late-1920’s, it was part of the Hanson-Simons chain. In the early-1930’s, the Liberty Theater, along with the Rialto Theater and Wilma Theater, were part of the Fox Theaters chain. By the early-1940’s, the theater had closed.
It was operating as the Liberty Bowling Center by 1943 (the name changed to Liberty Lanes by the mid-1950’s). The building was demolished around the mid-1960’s after the Liberty Lanes moved to a new location. The site of the theater became a parking lot.
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