Egyptian Theatre

700 W. Main Street,
Boise, ID 83702

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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit, Intermountain Theatres, Paramount-Publix, Plitt Theatres

Architects: Frederick C. Hummel

Firms: Tourtellotte & Hummel

Functions: Concerts, Live Performances, Movies (Classic), Movies (First Run)

Styles: Egyptian

Previous Names: Ada Theatre, Fox Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 208.345.0454

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Egyptian Theatre

A great Egyptian-style theatre that was restored in 2000. The Egyptian Theatre opened on April 19, 1927 with John Barrymore in “Don Juan”. It had 1,400 seats. From December 5, 1936 it was renamed Ada Theatre.

The theatre occasionally plays movies from the 1920’s and 1930’s accompanied by a live organist.

Contributed by Marlene Mussler-Wright

Recent comments (view all 53 comments)

Bway on April 9, 2010 at 4:54 am

There was a great feature of the Egyptian on the Travel Channel last night, showing much of the theater. Supposedly, the place is haunted, and that was the feature.

Patsy on May 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

Bway: I saw the same show on the Travel Channel and found it very fascinating! Supposedly, the ghost’s name is Joe and he died of a heart attack some 50 years ago while walking up the steps to the projection room as he was the resident projectionist then! Paranormal folks came to the theatre and after telling the owners the ghost’s name was Joe they then learned the name of the projectionist….coincidence?

CSWalczak on September 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

Hmm; I just tried searching under “Ada”, “Boise, ID,” and “Egyptian” and all three yielded this theater in the results. I wonder why it does not work for you.

robboehm on January 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

Theater also visited by Antiques Roadshow for the current season, 2014.

DavidZornig on August 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Just to clarify it opened as the Egyptian, in what appears to be August 1926. The Ada name was in the `50s. Images added.

MichaelKilgore on November 24, 2019 at 8:09 pm

Boxoffice, June 11, 1979: “Plitt Theatres has announced the opening of the Egyptian Theatre in Boise, Idaho. Formerly known as the Ada, the theatre has been renovated and equipped with new Dolby stereo sound and has been re-seated with rocker type chairs. Work is continuing on the 830 seat theatre; a new marquee front are to be completed shortly.”

rivest266 on May 18, 2021 at 1:16 pm

This was renamed Ada on December 5th, 1936. Grand opening ad posted.

MSC77 on October 18, 2021 at 12:19 pm

When did 70mm projection get installed here? Was 70mm in place during the 1960s under the Ada name, or was it installed during a later renovation under the Egyptian name?

rivest266 on February 7, 2023 at 9:59 am

Closed as Ada on April 4th, 1979 and reopened as Egyptian on May 18th, 1979.

MSC77 on March 7, 2023 at 8:45 am

A chronology of Boise’s 70mm presentations history has recently been published. The Egyptian gets some mentions in the piece.

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