Rena Cinemas

310 N. Division Street,
Kellogg, ID 83837

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grey_scarborough
grey_scarborough on May 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I was the last person to work here at this theater. I helped it stay running for one additional month before being laid off. It was my favorite job in the world, it was my favorite place to be. I’ve never had a job as great as it.

I miss the place so much. I wish I would have done more to help it, I wish I would have tried something to keep it in business, but it just wasn’t to remain I guess.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 18, 2009 at 6:00 am

The October 9, 1937, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that Seattle architect Bjarne Moe was actively involved in 15 of the 17 theater projects then underway in the northwest, both new construction and remodelings. The Rena Theatre was one of the 16 projects listed by name.

Though the item didn’t specify that it was one of those designed by Moe, the Rena Theatre was listed as being owned by Moe-Simons Entertainment, so he probably did design it. See also comments posted today by Tom Hutchinson and myself on the Cinema Treasures page for the Garland Theatrein Spokane.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 15, 2007 at 1:31 am

Predating Polson Theaters, it looks like the Rena was part of some conglomerate in the early eighties. The 1981 almanac lists the operator as W.A. Simons Co, a division of Sharp-Sias Enterprises. This company also ran the Wilma in Couer D'Alene at the time.