Unique Theatre

1213 1st Street South,
Nampa, ID 83651

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Larry Cain of the Canyon County Historical Museum notes that the Unique Theatre opened in June of 1908. The theatre was listed on the Sanborn Maps of 1911 and according to the National Register of Historic Places, a fire in July of 1909 “demolished every building in the block between 12th Street and 13th Street and 1st Street and Front Street. Within a year of the devastation, the merchants had rebuilt, creating a full streetscape of fireproof brick buildings.”

Mr. Cain notes that in 1918 the Unique Theatre was sold to W.J. Waddell, who closed it and a year later put all of its equipment into his new Liberty Theatre. The Liberty Theatre later became better known as the Adelaide Theatre.

The building located there today is not included in the Nampa Historic District so the Unique Theatre building was probably demolished and a new structure built. The approximate site today would be at the Twice Told Tales building, closest to the alley.

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