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Gunnison in Sanpete County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Casino / Star Theatre

 
 
Casino / Star Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 14, 2014
1. Casino / Star Theatre Marker
Inscription. The Casino Theatre, constructed in 1912, is historically significant as the best example of “high style” architecture in Gunnison and as the first and only theatre constructed in the town. A two-story rectangular building with its narrow end facing Main Street, the theatre stands among modestly styled commercial buildings of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The theatre was used for both movies and live productions, serving for nine decades as the principal center of commercial entertainment in Gunnison.
One of the most ornate examples of the Beaux Arts style in Utah, its symmetrical façade features elaborate Beaux Arts elements, such as large fluted columns supporting arched pediments, a heavy cornice decorated with modillions and dentils, and terra cotta floral garlands and bas-relief cherubs over a recessed central entrance. Twin winged victories rose above arched windows on the second story. The interior includes a large auditorium with a stage on the main floor, dressing rooms in the rear basement, and a four-room apartment and projection room in the front section of the second story.
The theatre owes its existence to Sims M. Duggins, an active businessman, promoter and owner of the Gunnison Co-op and other enterprises. The Duggins family managed the building until the mid-1930s and owned
Casino / Star Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 14, 2014
2. Casino / Star Theatre Marker
Marker is at left, under 4:00 Matinee sign.
it until the 1940s. From 1936 to 1940, manager C. E. Huish made a number of changes to the building including the name change from the Casino Theatre to the Star Theatre.
 
Erected 2005 by Division of State History.
 
Location. 39° 9.236′ N, 111° 49.108′ W. Marker is in Gunnison, Utah, in Sanpete County. Marker is on South Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 86 South Main Street, Gunnison UT 84634, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gunnison (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Public Buildings (approx. 2.2 miles away); Centerfield (approx. 2.2 miles away); Warm Creek-Fayette (approx. 5.2 miles away); ZCMI Co-op Building (approx. 5.4 miles away); Settlement of Axtell (approx. 6.9 miles away); Pettyville Pioneers (approx. 7 miles away); Funk's Lake (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
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Casino / Star Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 14, 2014
3. Casino / Star Theatre
Casino / Star Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 14, 2014
4. Casino / Star Theatre
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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