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Atlas Theatre

 

 
 

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The Atlas Building is a three-story brick structure located on Sixteenth Street, a main thoroughfare in what has historically been the heart of Cheyenne's downtown business district. The Atlas Building was constructed in 1887 and until 1908 the top two floors were utilized for office space by professional men while the bottom floor was a tea and confectionery shop. In August 1907 architectural drawings were completed for a remodeling of the Atlas Building to provide several enterprises including a theater. The architect in charge of the work was William Dubois, a prominent citizen in the city and the state. The Atlas remained open until December 1929. Two months later the theater opened again as the ''Strand'', under the control of the Publix Theatre chain. Research into the history of the Strand indicates the theater may have closed by August of 1931, and that in later years it twice reopened and closed. From 1955 to 1961 the building was not used as a theater, and in 1961 the Atlas Building was the location of the Pink Pony night club. When the Pink Pony operation was abandoned in 1963 the building remained vacant until 1966 when a local theater group, the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players, provided an opportunity for the theater to again house an audience. In 1971 that organization purchased the Atlas property.

 
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Date Added to Register:
Tuesday, April 03, 1973
 
Location:
Cheyenne
 
County:
Laramie County
 
Smithsonian Number: 
48LA64  

 

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