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Home > Montana > Anaconda > Anaconda Historic District, Washoe Theater, 305 Main Street, Anaconda, Deer Lodge County, MT



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B&W Photos
General View Of The Main Street Facade Of The Washoe Theater, Looking West
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General View Of The Main Street Facade Of The Washoe Theater, Looking West
East Facade Of The Washoe Theater Looking North, Showing Ornamental Brickwork
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East Facade Of The Washoe Theater Looking North, Showing Ornamental Brickwork
Interior View Of The Lobby Looking East Towards The Entrance
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Interior View Of The Lobby Looking East Towards The Entrance
Interior View Of The Lobby Looking To The West Showing The Stairs Leading To The Balcony Seating Area
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Interior View Of The Lobby Looking To The West Showing The Stairs Leading To The Balcony Seating Area
General View Of The Interior Of The Theater Showing The Proscenium Curtain (original), Boxes, And Part Of The Seating Area
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General View Of The Interior Of The Theater Showing The Proscenium Curtain (original), Boxes, And Part Of The Seating Area
Interior View From The Stage Area Looking West Towards The Balcony, Showing The Carved And Gilded Mouldings And Painted Walls And Ceiling
HB745937
Interior View From The Stage Area Looking West Towards The Balcony, Showing The Carved And Gilded Mouldings And Painted Walls And Ceiling
Interior Detail Of Mural In Lobby
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Interior Detail Of Mural In Lobby
Interior Detail Of A Mural On The Wall At The Turn In The Stairway, And Lighting Fixture
HB745939
Interior Detail Of A Mural On The Wall At The Turn In The Stairway, And Lighting Fixture
General View Of The Theater From The Balcony
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General View Of The Theater From The Balcony
Detail Of Cornice Moulding With Ram
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Detail Of Cornice Moulding With Ram's Head Motif
Interior Detail Of Ceiling Painting And Lighting Fixtures
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Interior Detail Of Ceiling Painting And Lighting Fixtures


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Item Title


Location
305 Main Street, Anaconda, MT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MT-53-B
Building/structure dates: 1931 initial construction
Significance: Designed by B. Marcus Priteca, Architect, and built by Gus Forseen, Missoula contractor, the Washoe Theater opened to the public on September 24, 1936. Both the Theater's structural architecture and elaborate interior decor are outstanding examples of the contemporary art deco style. Construction of the 1,000 seat theater began in 1931, and was financed by the Washoe Amusement Company at a total cost of $200,000. Completion of this structure was delayed until 1936, due to retarding effects of the depression. Hollywood artist Nat Smythe prepared the designs and watercolor sketches for the interior and the original drawings are still maintained by the current owner. Aside from the murals, executed by three expert decorators, decorative wall and ceiling work throughout the theater was the work of members of the Painters Local of Anaconda under Smythe's supervision. The applied decor employs pastel colors with eight shades of gold leaf in addition to burnished gold leaf on relief elements. When first opened, the Washoe employed the latest projection equipment, and was the only theater in Montana to install a Western Electric Microphone (stereophone) sound system, first developed in 1933 by Bell Telephone Laboratories. The interior decor also included draperies, a carpet, opera chairs, hardware, and sandblasted glass door panels all carefully selected to compliment the art decor scheme.

Subjects
Theatrical Productions
Brick Buildings
Theaters


Related Names
Priteca, B. Marcus
Forseen, Gus
Washoe Amusement Company
Smythe, Nat
Painters Local Of Anaconda
Bell Telephone Laboratories
Hawley, Monica E., Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW OF THE MAIN STREET FACADE OF THE WASHOE THEATER, LOOKING WEST
2. EAST FACADE OF THE WASHOE THEATER LOOKING NORTH, SHOWING ORNAMENTAL BRICKWORK
3. INTERIOR VIEW OF THE LOBBY LOOKING EAST TOWARDS THE ENTRANCE
4. INTERIOR VIEW OF THE LOBBY LOOKING TO THE WEST SHOWING THE STAIRS LEADING TO THE BALCONY SEATING AREA
5. GENERAL VIEW OF THE INTERIOR OF THE THEATER SHOWING THE PROSCENIUM CURTAIN (ORIGINAL), BOXES, AND PART OF THE SEATING AREA
6. INTERIOR VIEW FROM THE STAGE AREA LOOKING WEST TOWARDS THE BALCONY, SHOWING THE CARVED AND GILDED MOULDINGS AND PAINTED WALLS AND CEILING
7. INTERIOR DETAIL OF MURAL IN LOBBY. THE MURAL IS PAINTED IN PASTEL SHADES, AND A REFLECTION OF THE BALUSTRADE OF THE OPPOSITE STAIRWAY IS VISIBLE IN THE MIRROR
8. INTERIOR DETAIL OF A MURAL ON THE WALL AT THE TURN IN THE STAIRWAY, AND LIGHTING FIXTURE
9. GENERAL VIEW OF THE THEATER FROM THE BALCONY
10. DETAIL OF CORNICE MOULDING WITH RAM'S HEAD MOTIF. EIGHT SHADES OF GOLD LEAF AND BURNISHED GOLD LEAF WERE USED FOR THE INTERIOR FINISHES
11. INTERIOR DETAIL OF CEILING PAINTING AND LIGHTING FIXTURES
INTERIOR VIEW OF THE LOBBY LOOKING TO THE WEST SHOWING THE STAIRS LEADING TO THE BALCONY SEATING AREA.
GENERAL VIEW OF THE INTERIOR OF THE THEATER SHOWING THE PROSCENIUM CURTAIN (ORIGINAL), BOXES, AND PART OF THE SEATING AREA.
INTERIOR VIEW FROM THE STAGE AREA LOOKING WEST TOWARDS THE BALCONY, SHOWING THE CARVED AND GILDED MOULDING AND PAINTED WALLS AND CEILING.
INTERIOR DETAIL OF MURAL IN LOBBY. THE MURAL IS PAINTED IN PASTEL SHADES, AND A REFLECTION OF THE BALUSTRADE OF THE OPPOSITE STAIRWAY IS VISIBLE IN THE MIRROR.
INTERIOR DETAIL OF A MURAL ON THE WALL AT THE TURN IN THE STAIRWAY, AND LIGHTING FIXTURE.
GENERAL VIEW OF THE THEATER FROM THE BALCONY.
DETAIL OF CORNICE MOULDING WITH RAM'S HEAD MOTIF. EIGHT SHADES OF GOLD LEAF AND BURNISHED GOLD LEAF WERE USED FOR THE INTERIOR FINISHES.
INTERIOR DETAIL OF CEILING PAINTING AND LIGHTING FIXTURES.


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