Lewiston's theater strives to
be affordable, family-friendly
By Megan Sonderegger
April 13, 2006 | LEWISTON -- An aging red brick building
stands on Lewiston's main-street, sheltering a historical
theater, one of the few city-owned theaters left in
the country, where many Lewiston residents feel important
"It's (the theater) is part of my childhood, it's
a tradition for a lot of people," said Kayleen Brown,
a student at Utah State University.
Rosie Williams, the manager, said the theater was
built in 1930 after the Lewiston opera house burned
down. She said the theater was able to celebrate its
75th anniversary last summer and continues to "draw
people in because it's family-friendly and cheap."
Movie tickets are $2 each, or $10 per family on Monday
nights, she said, and concessions do not exceed $1.50
which is cheap in comparison to regular movie theaters.
She said the theater doesn't allow R-rated movies in
order to maintain a family-oriented atmosphere and attract
a larger population of residents.
"Whether or not we get good business depends on the
movie we choose to show," Williams said.
She said the city struggles with raised costs on supplier
products as well as low population but city officials
want the theater to remain cheap for residents while
running effectively so they budget funds in order to
achieve their goals.
"They want to keep it open, so they budget money for
it to stay open," Williams said.
Williams said she feels the theater is unique because
it has historical value and is a community, family-oriented
theater which is based on city support.
"I love hearing people comment about how wonderful
our theater is," Williams said.
Show times for the Lewiston Theater are Mondays at
7 and Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 9:35 p.m.