tickets for $2 and popcorn for $1? Yes, in Lewiston
April 6, 2009 | "Can you imagine,
only 10 to 35 cents and you are going to a movie,"
said manager Rosie Williams as she showed the prices
from a flyer from 1945.
Looking around the foyer the community
theater has upheld the historical spirit of Lewiston
as old ticket stubs, pictures, and flyers are posted
around the room announcing the showing of classic movies
like "Grease" or those of James Dean. Amongst those
pictures is an invitation from the grand opening of
the theater Aug. 2, 1935 in which a dinner was held
at the grand total of $1 a plate.
Lewiston Community Theater, at 29
South Main Street, is named as one of Cache Valley’s
historic treasures and theater board members and city
residents work hard to keep it as such.
"It’s great! I should
go more often," said city councilman Robert Barlow.
"What other city has its own community theater
that only shows good family shows?"
Each Friday and Saturday the theater
sells tickets for $2 a person at 7 and 9 p.m., and at
7 p.m. Monday night the theater sells tickets for $10
per family. All concessions are sold for $1 and under.
"The theater only shows
good, wholesome movies," Rosie Williams said.
The theater is run by eight paid
employees and a volunteer theater board of seven. Last
year the theater board did a fundraiser to repaint and
restore the concession and theater area and put in new
seats. After local donations, grant money, and closing
the theater for all of November and December of 2007,
the theater was re-opened Jan. 4, 2008.
"The community really
put in a lot of work," said Williams. "We
had someone who volunteered to do our paint job, someone
who put the bolts in the floor, an Eagle Scout project
that included taking all the old seats out, and a lot
of cleaning and loading from community members."
Williams has worked at the theater
with her husband for about 15 years, and said that a
lot of times the 247 seats are sold out. She said that
the theater used to be open Monday through Friday and
that they use to have live theater as well, and the
names are still written on the back walls.
"Looking at this theater
and seeing these old stubs you can imagine how it use