Sage Theatre

245 S. Bridge Street,
Winnemucca, NV 89445

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Previously operated by: Westland Theatres

Previous Names: American Theatre

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Sage Theatre...Winnemucca Nevada

The American Theatre was opened in early 1947. By 1949 it had been renamed Sage Theatre and was operated by the San Francisco, CA based Westland Theatres chain. The building was vacant and boarded up and ‘For Sale’ in June 2019.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 11, 2009 at 11:49 pm

The American Theatre in Winnemucca is mentioned in the May 3, 1947, issue of Boxoffice, and in earlier issues. The Sage Theatre in Wnnemucca is mentioned in the November 26, 1949, issue and in later issues. If they had the same address, then the house was called the American first and renamed the Sage sometime between 1947 and 1949.

GaryParks on October 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm

I passed theough Winnemucca on the way back to California from Denver week before last, and spotted the Sage, though I didn’t know its name at the time, as the marquee is gone. The front looks exactly like the photo in American Classic Images, but with the marquee gone and face brick around the entry. Inside the modern glass entrance doors, a ticket window is still to be seen on the right, and a poster case on the left, all surrounded with circa 1960s brown tiles. From what I could see of the interior, it is decorated like a mom and pop Mexican restaurant, with no theatre detail visible, at least from where I was standing. Going around the back, the theatre is long and narrow, and built of reinforced concrete. There may have been a small stage, but there is no fly tower.

juliagreen on August 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Wow. That’s a great postcard, ken mc…a golden age in Nevada, the 1950s; and a theatre named Sage fits right in there!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Sage Theatre was owned by Westland Theatres located at 291 Golden Gate, San Francisco. H.V.Rotus Harvey was the President. Hannah Oppie was the booker in 1956.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm

From the 1920s a photo postcard view of Bridge Street along with the American Theatre and from the 1940s a photo postcard of the Sage Theatre in Winnemucca.

TLSLOEWS on January 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

Thanks Mike and Don,

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 10, 2011 at 10:23 am

You are most Welcome.happy new year.

DavidZornig on July 26, 2018 at 9:35 am

1920s & `39 photos as the American Theatre added via the Building in the Past Facebook page.

DavidZornig on February 6, 2021 at 9:46 am

June 2019 street view shows the property boarded up posted No Trespassing and for sale.

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