Mountaineer Theatre

228 N. Main Street,
Gunnison, CO 81230

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Previously operated by: Atlas Theater Corp.

Functions: Art Gallery, Workshop

Previous Names: Unique Theatre, West Theatre

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Mountaineer Theatre

The Unique Theatre was opened prior to 1914. Seated 376 as listed in the Film Daily Yearbook of 1950. Under new operators in was renamed West Theatre on July 1, 1955. It was still open in June 1964. It January 1974 it was renamed Mountaineer Theatre.

In 2019 Rocky Mountain Frames & Art Gallery operate from this addresss.

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez

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MichaelKilgore on September 13, 2019 at 10:25 pm

It appears that the Unique was renamed the West in the mid-1950s by Atlas Theatre Corp. In the theater circuit listings of the Motion Picture Almanac series, Atlas owned the Unique in 1955-56, then the West from 1957 through 1976. Both Atlas and the West were absent from the 1977 MPA.

On Page 77 of “Western State College: Mountain Mecca” by Duane Vandenbusche, there’s a photo of a group standing in front of the West marquee with a caption that refers to “Gunnison’s West Theatre”.

MichaelKilgore on November 30, 2019 at 7:25 pm

Boxoffice, Feb. 18, 1974: “The old West Theatre in Gunnison reopened early this year, following extensive remodeling, as the Mountaineer Theatre. The cinema is being operated by Frank Poye, former Houston contractor, and his wife Carol, assisted by their five youngsters.”

MichaelKilgore on October 9, 2021 at 10:52 am

Motion Picture Herald, Jan. 19, 1952: “Ben Snyder has bought the interests of his partner, George Besse, in the Unique, Gunnison, Colo.”

Motion Picture Herald, May 17, 1952: “C. Y. Yaeger and Dave Davis bought the Unique, Gunnison, Colo., from Ben Snyder.”

Motion Picture Herald, May 24, 1952: “Fay Boyd … has been moved by Atlas Theatres to Gunnison, Colo., to manage the Unique, recently bought by that company from Ben Snyder.”

And here’s that renaming date. Motion Picture Herald, June 25, 1955: “The Unique, Gunnison, Colo., owned by Atlas Theatres, closed for remodeling, to be reopened July 1 as the West.”

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