Fiesta Twin Cinema

23 W. Main Street,
Cortez, CO 81321

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MichaelKilgore on April 23, 2020 at 7:15 am

Boxoffice, Sept. 18, 1948: “CORTEZ, COLO. – The new theatre here has been named the Anle in honor of Anna Lee Survant, daughter of owner John Survant. Manager Owen Maxey said the theatre probably would open between September 15 and October 1, as soon as finishing touches have been added to the construction job.”

MichaelKilgore on November 30, 2019 at 1:16 pm

Boxoffice, Sept. 5, 1977: “The Fiesta Theatre, Cortez, Colo., is to be closed this month in order to complete renovation work. The theatre is scheduled to reopen in early November as the Fiesta Twin Cinema, which will seat approximately 270 on one side and 230 in the adjoining auditorium. The theatre is owned by Allen Theatres, which is headquartered in Farmington, N. M.”

MichaelKilgore on November 18, 2019 at 9:05 am

The An Le was a long time coming, based on this note in the Jan. 18, 1947 issue of Motion Picture Herald: “John Survant is resuming the building of a new theatre at Cortez, Colo. Theatre was started previously, but construction was stopped by CPA after foundations were in and one wall up.”

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Joe Vogel on October 14, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Given its Min Street location and its modern style, I think it’s very likely that the Fiesta Twin is the same house that opened in late October, 1948 as the An Le Theatre. It was built for Montana businessman and rancher John Survant, who named the theater for his daughter. Survant then also owned the Cortez Theatre, as well as the Orpheum and Roxy theaters in Glasgow, Montana.

The opening of the An Le was noted in the November 13, 1948 issue of Boxoffice and in a longer article in the November 1, 1948 issue of the Havre Daily News from Havre, Montana. The News article said that the An Le had been designed by Havre architect Frank F. Bossuot and had 646 seats.

kpdennis on March 21, 2016 at 8:34 pm

I drive over to Cortez in time to see the Fiesta Twin and its signage light show. The upright cycles through a few changes before completely illuminating. New pictures in the Photo section.

cc44 on December 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

This theatre is fully digital with 2S and 3D.

Driveintheatre2001 on January 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Seen Here of the Fiesta that I took back in November of 2008.. Enjoy!

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer