Villa Theatre

202 S. Central Avenue,
Malta, MT 59538

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Additional Info

Architects: Harry L. Percy

Firms: Lathrop & Gillam

Functions: Live Performances, Movies (First Run)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 406.654.1369

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Villa Theatre exterior

The Villa Theatre is located in the downtown section of Malta, serving a population of over 8,000 in the county.

The Villa Theatre opened on June 30, 1955 with 500 seats (450 in the orchestra and 50 in the balcony), and has a corner entrance with a three sided marquee and small vertical.

In late-2013 fundraising was continuing to purchase a digital projector, but the Villa Theatre appears to have closed by 2014.

The Villa Theatre was re-opened on November 8, 2019 following a complete remodel. It is operated as an independent theatre by David Adams & Greg Kirkwood.

Contributed by Chuck

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm

There are no current listings for this theater at any of the movie web sites, and the house doesn’t appear in the Great Falls Tribune’s movie listings. It must have been closed.

Here is a fresh link to the article about the Villa Theatre in Boxoffice, March 3, 1958.

TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Thanks for the boxoffice link Joe V.Nice looking theatre.

Susan on May 16, 2013 at 6:38 pm

There was a Richard Canfield “Dick” Pancake, raised in Malta, MT. He might be “R.C. Pancake”. Leslie George Pancake owned and operated the Cinema Inn theatre in Shasta Lake. I found a reference to a remodel done to the theatre in 1968.

TheColtonsMom on November 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm

This theater is not closed! We are fundraising to save it. It has already upgraded to digital sound & has half the money for the remaining digital upgrades needed. To donate contact First Security Bank (406) 654-2221 or mail a check to them at PO box 730 Malta Montana 59538. Checks should be payable to Villa Digital Fund. Thanks to all who help!

Chris1982 on July 30, 2014 at 6:11 am

The theatres phone number is no longer in service.

Chris1982 on August 20, 2014 at 4:13 am

I don’t see how a theatre could still be open without a phone. YELP lists the theatre as closed.

dallasmovietheaters on May 14, 2019 at 10:29 pm

The local paper lists June 30, 1955 as the opening date of the theatre

MichaelKilgore on November 30, 2019 at 2:48 pm

Boxoffice, Jun 13, 1977: “Mrs. Irene Veseth, Malta, Mont., has announced the sale of the Villa Theatre and Villa Drive-In of Malta to her brother R. C. Pancake. Mrs. Veseth has been associated in the operation of the Malta theaters for 49 years. Veseth Theatres was originated in 1922 by Mrs. Veseth’s husband Carl, who died in 1975.”

MichaelKilgore on April 24, 2022 at 11:18 pm

Boxoffice, Feb. 11, 1955: “A spring opening is planned for the new Villa Theatre constructed by Carl Veseth, owner of the local Palace. The new house, which has dimensions of 140x76 feet, will have a 475-seat auditorium and include space for several offices on the ground level and two apartments on the second floor. Constructed of Hadite blocks, the theatre will be completely fireproof and be equipped for the showing of the new wide screen process.”

Trolleyguy on April 25, 2022 at 10:37 am

According to their Facebook page they are closed now due to a broken heater. A summer film series is planned.

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