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Willcox Historic Theater

SINCE 1914, Willcox and the surrounding communities have looked to the local theater for entertainment. The current theater building was built in 1936 and opened in January 1937, showing The Gorgeous Hussy, with Joan Crawford. The new art deco theater featured a sloped floor, leather seats, a balcony, modern 1930’s projection equipment, and a stage for vaudeville and other performers, with dressing rooms and backstage facilities.
In 1990 the building underwent a major modification in which the single theater was converted to two screens. The lobby and concession area was moved to the center of the building from the front. The original front ticket office and entrance was closed and a new entrance created on the side for moviegoers to enter the lobby. A larger marquee was also added at this point. After the Theater closed in 2011, the non-profit Willcox Historic Theater Preservation, Inc was formed to revive, renovate and operate the Theater. Reopened in 2012, the Theater has been completely renovated, retaining the historic Southwest Art Deco exterior and recreating an opulent interior in authentic Art Deco style. The Theater’s mechanical and electrical systems were also updated to improve the Theater’s environment, and state-of- the-art digital projection and sound system installed to provide a film experience second to none.

The Theater Gallery is an 18’ display wall in the Theater’s entryway/lobby. The Gallery has a professional, tamper-resistant art hanging system to display artwork or photography. It is the perfect space for a one-person show, as it is seen by everyone entering MovieHouse One and Two.

134 N Railroad Ave
Willcox, AZ 85643
(520) 766-3333
Attraction Category
Art and Entertainment
Attraction Type
Art and Entertainment

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