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Rexburg, ID: Westwood Theater Transforming Into the Romance Theater

Posted on Friday, July 16th, 2010 and updated on Friday, July 15th, 2011 3:26 PM

The Rexburg Standard Journal has an article today about work beginning on transforming the Westwood Theater in Rexburg, Idaho back into the Romance Theater. The new name is actually a name the theater had back in the 1930's.

It's out with the old and in with the older as the Westwood Theatre is being transformed back into the Romance Theatre.

On Thursday, the pace of the restoration picked up as parts of the facade came down so that the original style of the building can be rediscovered.

And the Westwood name has been taken down.

Click the Read link below to view the full article and a photo of some work being done.

The theater opened in 1917 as the Rex, hosting silent movies and Vaudeville performances. In 1935, the theater was remodeled and renamed the Romance Theater, and began showing movies with sound. After experiencing some damage during the Teton Dam flood in 1976, the theater was sold, remodeled, and named the Westwood Theater. It was sold to Carmike Cinemas in 1998 and eventually closed in 2001.

The City of Rexburg purchased the theater in 2005 and wants to use it for the performing arts.

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