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Buena Vista Theatre

Photo from the Scott Neff collection.
251 S Wilmot Rd
Tucson AZ 85711

Demolished 2008
Record #1381  
 Opened: February 10, 1967
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Demolished: 2008
Capacity: 1356 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Fox Buena Vista
 Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres, National General Theatres, Mann Theatres, Syufy Enterprises

Information for this tour was contributed by Kim Eichling.

Originally built in the mid 1960s, it was originally a single known as the "Fox Tucson" -- a younger sister to downtown's Fox Theatre. It was twinned in the mid- to late 1970s, and soon after became a Mann Theatre.

It closed for a while when multiplexes became popular and was reopened by Syufy, when it became known as the "Buena Vista," in the late 1980s and showed films for $2.50.

It was closed again and reopened by a few young entrepreneurs in 1992, who had high hopes for it. They ran it as a discount, family friendly house. Later, a stage was built in the original of the two auditoriums (which held approximately 800 people), the first ten rows of seats were removed, and it became a reasonably successful venue which was primarily used for live rock. It was pretty run-down at this point and closed in late 1997 or early 1998 and has remained vacant and (reasonably) intact ever since.

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Photos from the Kim Eichling collection.

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Photos from the Scott Neff collection.

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