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Egyptian Theatre The grand dame of Boise venues.

Kelsey Hawes

Egyptian Theatre The grand dame of Boise venues.

The Egyptian Theatre

The first film screened at the Egyptian Theatre was Don Juan, starring John Barrymore, on April 19, 1927, which means the grand dame of Boise venues turns 90 in 2017, but she sure doesn't act her age. The Egyptian hosts everything from movies to live art performances, big-name concerts, talks, and even political speeches. As an architectural gem and as a community hub, the Egyptian is in a class of its own.

2nd Place: The Boise Depot—Towering over Capitol Boulevard, the depot is one of the most graceful—and interesting—buildings in Idaho. Opened in 1925, the Spanish mission-style depot was an active rail stop until 1997, when Amtrak discontinued service. Today, it's a landmark popular for weddings, photo shoots and strolls through its Platt Gardens.

3rd Place: The Capitol Building—A lot can happen in 104 years: the sinking of the Titanic, the moon landing, the advent of the internet and the rise of Donald Trump all transpired since the Idaho Capitol Building opened for the people's business. While its majestic dome has long since ceased to dominate Boise's skyline, what happens unda' the rotunda still reverberates across the Gem State.


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