Auditorium Theatre

237-239 E. Center Street,
Pocatello, ID 83201

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Styles: Italian Renaissance

Previous Names: Pocatello Opera House

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Auditorium Theatre remains

After fire destroyed the Old Opera House in 1892, plans were made and executed to build a new Pocatello Opera House on the same site. Built at a cost of more than $20,000, construction was supervised by Col. G.A. Hannaford. There was another fire in 1899, and the building was rebuilt in 1900.

Known throughout most of it’s life as the Auditorium Theatre, the facility had seating for 850 - 325 on the main floor, 250 in the first balcony and 275 in second balcony. Located at 237-239 E. Center, the theater operated under several names - the last city directory entry shows the Paramount at this address.

Fire again damaged the building in 1939, at which time the third story was removed while the two lower stories were repaired and renovated, after which it never again served as an entertainment venue. Today the site is occupied by a furniture store, which by 2022 was vacant.

Contributed by ray carter

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 18, 2011 at 6:56 am

I suspect that the reason Google Maps is putting its pin icon several blocks from this theater’s actual location is either because of the “or” in the address, or because the zip code is wrong. Changing it to 237-239 E. Center St., Pocatello, ID 83201 might help.

I’ve moved Street View to the correct location. The interesting detailing on the side wall near the front of the building is probably a remnant of the original design. The facade must date from the renovations after the 1939 fire.

Here is a photo of the Auditorium as it originally appeared, from a book published in 1908.

This web page has some information about the Auditorium Theatre and a colorized postcard depicting it.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on August 4, 2022 at 1:33 am

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