Egyptian Theatre

                       Delta, Colorado


About Egyptian Theatre

Home of "Bank Night," National Historic Site

Significant Facts


"Bank Night"

"Bank Night has blossomed into an American institution.  In four years since it burst upon an unsuspecting public in a small town (Delta) in Colorado, at least 100,000,000 persons in motion-picture audiences have participated in Bank Night drawings.  Each week more than 5000 theaters distribute almost $1,000,000 in prizes, as high as $3,400 each." (Saturday Evening Post - December 4, 1937)  This weekly activity not only saved the motion picture industry during The Great Depression but it helped pay for mortgages, college courses, and operations.


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Egyptian Hieroglyphics & Murals

"On every hand are found Egyptian suggestions.  The exterior is finished in the latest California stucco, and across the entire front is an immense scarab.  Another scarab has been placed above the stage, reaching completely across.  The arch-shaped roof, the Egyptian heads along both sides, the coves built in here and there, carry out the general suggestion.  In short, from basement to roof, from entrance to rear door, the building is just what its name signifies-Egyptian." (Delta County Independent - September 28, 1928) 

 

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Restoration Project

The Egyptian Theatre​ is centrally located in City of Delta's historic district.

 

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DELTA, CO - In the September 28, 1928 issue of the Delta Independent, the headlines read, "Egyptian Theatre Reflects Age of Glorious Pageantry."  It heralded the grand opening of this Second Egyptian Revival movie house designed by the Denver architect, M.S. Fallis who also designed the Mayan Theatre on Broadway in Denver.  Rick Ricketson, President of Consolidated Theatres, hosted the October 1 and 2, 1928 premiere event.The discovery of King Tut's Tomb greatly influenced the glittering design.

     Unfortunately, the Egyptian Theatre lost much of its luster due to weather deterioration and non-sympathetic remodeling over the next sixty years.  In 1993, this theatre was listed on the Register of National Historic Sites for its cultural significance, "Bank Night."  With the passage of Colorado's Limited Gaming Act of 1991, the State Historical Fund was established. Its mission statement is "to foster heritage preservation through tangible and highly visible projects for direct and demonstrable public benefit."  Being one of only seven surviving Egyptian Theatres in the United States, the importance of restoration was almost too overwhelming for this small Colorado community on the Western Slope. As part of the State Historical Fund and the State of Colorado's Colorado Preservation 2000 Plan, the Egyptian Theatre Restoration Project was funded primarily by three State Historical Fund Grants totaling over $160,000 with additional funding by owner, Jeanne Dewsnup and thousands of in-kind hours of service by the City of Delta and Project Director, Linda Loftis.  The Egyptian Theatre Restoration Project took five years to complete (1992-1997).