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Ellen Theatre

Photo from the Carmike Cinemas collection.
17 W Main St
Bozeman MT 59715
(406) 585-5885

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Record #1631  
 Opened: December 1, 1919
Capacity: 700 seats
Architect(s): Fred Willson
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: 2/7 Wurlitzer
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Simons Amusement Company, TOI Theatres, Excellence Theatres, Carmike Cinemas

Information for this tour was contributed by Grant Smith.

The Ellen theater is located in historic downtown Bozeman, Montana. The theater was built by architect Fred Willson and opened in 1919. In January 1925, a Wurlitzer (opus #979) organ was shipped from the Wurlitzer factory and installed in the theater as a Style E X (two chambers). The organ is still playing at the theater.

Carmike Cinemas currently operates theater and recently paid to upgrade the theater's projection equipment and carpeting for the world premiere of "Jurassic Park 3".

The Ellen was named after Ellen Trent Story, the wife of Nelson Story, who settled in Bozeman in the mid-1800s. He drove 3,000 head of cattle from Texas to Bozeman, which formed the beginnings of the cattle industry in Montana.

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Last featured 10/9/2003. Last edited 10/20/2023.

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