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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 131 (120)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 131
Page 131


1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 131

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The Dome

Libby, Montana

After 39 years of service as the Opera House and later the Kootenai Theatre, fire leveled the original structure on January 20, 1948. From the ashes rose the new Dome named for one of Montanais most artistically beautiful moun tains. Despite bad weather, a late spring, and recurrent floods, the grand opening took place just five months after ground was broken.

Constructed of reinforced concrete block with a poured cement front, the









building is completely air conditioned, and enjoys a forced-air oil fired furnace for the necessary winter heating. The relatively simple plan located the auditorium, large foyer, confection area and ladies' and menis lounge and toilet rooms on the first level, and located a cry room and offices on the upper, projection room, level. The auditorium is distinguished by a new bowl-shaped concrete fioor slope that is claimed to provide exceptionally good vision, and an oval proscenium opening. There is also a dumbwaiter for taking the film cans to and from the projection rooms.

The resultant 594 seat theatre is a complete transition from the old theatre in both design and patron facilities.



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THEATRE CATALOG 1948-49
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 131