Egyptian Theatre (Delta, Colorado)

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Egyptian Theater
Egyptian Theatre on Main St, Delta, Colorado..JPG
Egyptian Theatre (Delta, Colorado) is located in Colorado
Egyptian Theatre (Delta, Colorado)
Location 452 Main St., Delta, Colorado
Coordinates 38°44′27″N 108°4′11″W / 38.74083°N 108.06972°W / 38.74083; -108.06972Coordinates: 38°44′27″N 108°4′11″W / 38.74083°N 108.06972°W / 38.74083; -108.06972
Built 1933
Architect M.S. Fallis Architect Co.; Moore, Art M.
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Egyptian Revival, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 93000575
CSRHP # 5DT.431
Added to NRHP July 12, 1993[1]

The Egyptian Theatre in Delta, Colorado is an Egyptian Revival movie house. The 750-seat theater opened in 1928 at the height of the fashion for thematically-designed cinemas. It was designed by Montana Fallis, who designed the Mayan Theatre in Denver.

The Egyptian is notable as one of the first locations for a promotion devised by 20th Century Fox regional manager, Charles Yeager, during the 1930s when business was poor in the small Colorado theaters he managed. "Bank Night" awarded $30 to a random patron once a week. The promotion improved attendance and kept theaters in business. Yeager's pilot program in Colorado was expanded so that by 1936 the promotion was in use at 4000 cinemas in the United States.[2]

Interior wall detail of the historic Egyptian Theatre in Delta, CO
View towards the screen inside the historic Egyptian Theatre.

After years of decline and neglect the theater was restored in the 1990s, reopening in 1997 as a community theater. It was then renovated again in 2009 to accommodate for new groundbreaking 3D technology.


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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Egyptian Theatre:Project Description". High Stakes Preservation. Colorado Historical Society. 2008-10-31.