Fair Vue Cinema 1-2-3

W. Fairview Avenue and Maple Grove Road,
Boise, ID 83702

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp., United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Previous Names: Fairview Theatre

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Opened on May 21, 1969 as the Fairview Theatre, a single screen theatre that could accommodate 500 patrons. The opening movie was Peter O'Toole in “The Lion in Winter”. On June 12, 1980 two additional 200 seat auditoriums were added and it became the Fair Vu Cinema 1-2-3. It was adjacent to the Fair Vu Drive-In. It was initially operated by Commonwealth Theatres followed by United Artists. UA wanted out of the Boise market and tried to divest itself of the property. Both theatres were closed in 1995. UA finally sold both properties to Smith’s Food King who planned to build a warehouse where the theatres once stood. They cleared the land and a large concrete slab was poured but Smith’s was bought out by Meyers who wasn’t interested in a warehouse in Boise so approximately five years later the property was bought by a car dealership.

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rivest266 on May 19, 2021 at 12:54 pm

The Fair Vue Cinema opened on May 21st, 1969 with “The Lion in Winter”. Grand opening ad posted. 774 seats at the opening.

rivest266 on February 10, 2023 at 10:23 am

2nd and 3rd screen opened on June 12th, 1980. Another ad posted.

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