Thursday, October 23, 2014

Press-Tribune: Historic Pix Theater May Be Up For Sale Soon

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

  • Amy Greer, Boise Weekly

The nearly-70-year-old Pix Theater in downtown Nampa, which has seen numerous attempts to breathe life into the old moviehouse, may be up for sale sooner than later.

On Sept. 11, 1946, the glittering new theater was a major draw, and a full house filed into the 688-seat venue to watch Rita Hayworth star in the musical Tonight and Every Night.

"People came from all over the surrounding states and this area. It was quite a grand opening," Pix Foundation board President Debra Lindner told Boise Weekly in  2012.  "It was the largest theater in Idaho."

Single-screen movie palaces, many boasting opulent architecture, once showcased first-run Hollywood films in the hearts of American cities, but have since given way to multiplexes.

"There are only two historic theaters left in the Treasure Valley," said Lindner. "All the theaters in Boise are gone, and all the theaters here are gone."

But now, this morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the Pix Foundation is exploring a number of options, including the sale of the theater.

“That option offers us the opportunity to pay the remaining debt and donate all leftover funds to a qualified charity," Linder told the Press-Tribune.

If sold, Linder said the funds could go to another charity. A decision is expected in early 2015.

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