Liberty Theater

611 Main Street


Liberty Theater     Built 1902


Constructed in 1902 as the Western Hardware and Implement Company. In 1920-21, Isaac Binnard and Emery transformed this building into a theater with over 800 leather upholstered seats arranged in a curve for unobstructed viewing of the stage. The theater provided air-conditioned comfort for viewing motion pictures. Restrooms were located in the basement under the lobby, alongside dressing rooms built under the front sidewalk and lit by prismatic glass skylights. An extensive remodeling of the Liberty Theater sometime in the late 1940’s saw the addition of the exterior marquee and other interior features that echo a late Art Deco design.

Just to the east of this building was the White Front Livery Stable, where travelers could put up their horses for the night or people could rent rubber-tired buggies.

1921 Liberty Theater, credit NPCHS

Liberty Theater circa 1921

Liberty 1923 Liberty Theater circa 1923

Late 1920s-late 1930s Liberty Theater, credit NPCHScirca late 1920's - early 1930's

Arts, Liberty Theater View, credit NPCHS

Liberty Theater, c.1950s, credit NPCHS

Liberty Theater audience circa 1950's

02-25-16 Premier of Breakheart Pass, workers or volunteers at the premier. Credit NPCHSjpg

Staff and/or volunteers, premier of Breakheart Pass 1976.

02-25-28 Audience at the Premier of Breakheart PassAudience at showing of Breakheart Pass 1976

The Historic Preservation Commission would like to recognize and thank Dr. Steven Branting and the Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum for the access to and contributions from their extensive archives for this project. Special thanks go to Commissioner Leah Boots for her countless hours of work to make this project a reality.


        This project is supported in part by the Idaho State Historical Society.