Washoe Theater

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305 Main Street,Anaconda 59711,Butte Area

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The Washoe Theater in Anaconda is ranked as the fifth most beautiful theater in the nation by the Smithsonian Institute. While the exterior appears as many smalltown theaters of times gone by, the interior is stunning in its decor. Original Art Deco light fixtures and furnishings are set off by ornate silver, copper, and gold leaf accents. Ceiling and wall murals decorate the interior hallways. Elegant light fixtures look down on the deep carpet of the stairs and second floor. Sitting inside the 1,000 seat theater, the visitor is overwhelmed by the opulent decor. Hand-painted curtains depict rearing deer in gold and red against a turquoise background. Mosaic murals line the walls and hand-carved ram's heads line the ceiling. The dome of the theater is decorated with a mural done in soft pastel shades of powder blue, red, and yellow. The scene illustrates modern civilization’s dependence on copper. The pilasters and proscenium surrounding the stage are decorated in light shades of gold and accented with copper leaf.

The Washoe was designed by Seattle architect B. Marcus Priteca and built during the glory days of the movie industry. During that time, huge, elaborate movie palaces were constructed in homage to the filmmakers. Few but the Washoe still stand today.

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