Lode Theater

1309 Greene Street,
Silverton, CO 81433

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Functions: Bar

Previous Names: Star Theater, Gem Theater

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1940 photo credit Russell Lee. Library Of Congress Collection.

This theater was known as the Star Theater in 1916, the Gem Theater in 1925 and finally the Lode Theater in 1938. The last film was shown in 1990. The building became a combination bakery and bicycle repair shop. By 2015 it operates as a bar.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on May 8, 2009 at 6:56 pm

This is a 1940 LOC photo of an abandoned theater in Silverton. I don’t believe this is the Lode, at least not the way it looks today.

DavidZornig on November 25, 2015 at 10:42 pm

1940 photo added, photo credit Russell Lee. Library Of Congress Collection. Identified as Greene Street by several sources. 2009 link is inoperative.

DavidZornig on November 25, 2015 at 10:51 pm

Yelp shows the address to be Montanya’s Rum Tasting Room as of November 2015.

DavidZornig on June 16, 2017 at 6:22 pm

Circa 1960 photo added courtesy of Mase Mason. Lode Theater red blade sign and marquee is to the left of the Dry Goods sign.

MichaelKilgore on November 20, 2019 at 8:31 am

Motion Picture Herald, Sept. 27, 1947: “Booth fire in Lode, Silverton, Colo., belonging to C. G. Diller, closed the theatre for a few days.”

Motion Picture Herald, June 28, 1952: “W. R. Barlow has bought the Lode, Silverton, Colo., from Charles Diller.”

MichaelKilgore on January 14, 2020 at 1:34 pm

Boxoffice, Oct. 20, 1956: “SILVERTON, COLO. – The Barlows, who run the Lode Theatre here, are convinced that it’s wise for business people to keep up with changing times. Since they remodeled their theatre this year to accommodate wide-screen projection, they say the quality of shows has been raised and the general improvements are paying off in increased customer support.”

DavidZornig on June 30, 2020 at 6:57 am

Built in 1909, opened in 1919, per “Theaters” book by Andrew Craig Morrison.

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