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Historic Washoe Theatre in Anaconda set to re-open

Posted at 8:35 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 22:35:01-04

ANACONDA — Places across the state continue to open up and a historic theater in Anaconda opened its doors again this week.

Staff at Anaconda's historic Washoe theater is making sure the place is clean and polish when it opens up this week after being closed for two months due to coronavirus. Management wants the place safe for moviegoers.

"Just getting it extra clean, down to the bare metal, wood, brick, so nothing can be transferred as easy," said Manager Jerry Lussy.

The 900 seat theater was first built in 1936, and has remained open through the good times and hard times.

However, the pandemic was the first time in theaters history it had to close for a long period of time. Management used the shutdown to restore the theater.

"Lowering the chandeliers, cleaning the chandeliers, replacing incandescent with LEDS and we've done over 400 lights," said Lussy.

"I've been coming here since 1984," said resident Brian Lester. "The first movie I ever saw was Footloose. It's just an awesome place... it's like home."

They plan to open the curtains to the historic theater and management at the Washoe said this is a great time to get out and have a little escapism by watching a movie on the big screen.

"Come on in, feel your emotions, let it out, relax. That's why the theater was built the way it is to get away from what's going on day to day."

Here in Missoula the Roxy is still working on a reopen plan that they are anticipating will take place in June