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Wilma Theatre

Missoula Montana

Listing Type: Theatre/Theater
City: Missoula Montana
Region: Glacier Country

The Wilma Theatre is a Historical Landmark Theatre in downtown Missoula, Montana. It is significant not only for its architecture, but as a lasting monument to the spirit of people such as W.A. 'Billy' Simons and Edna Wilma who pioneered efforts to bring culture and live entertainment to a developing Montana.

The Wilma was built in 1921 by William Simons, who produced an early Wild West show. He named it after his wife, Edna Wilma Simons, a renowned light-opera star, who performed on the Pantages vaudeville circuit. After her husband died, she continued to operate the chain of theaters in the Northwest.

Today, the Wilma is a Missoula icon. With hundreds of flashing lights and 1920's-era box office, it is leading the turnaround, if not in dollars, in profile. The building has as a centerpiece a 1067-seat theatre, which shows first-run films and presents live events, and it also has two smaller theaters 125 seats each, that show second-run movies.

The Wilma Theatre features a new big curved silver screen, largest indoor screen in Montana, and the finest digital theatre sound system.

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On-site catering is not available at this time.

The Wilma Dining Room has been beautifully renovated in deep greens and a wooden parquet dance floor; perfect for dining, cocktail receptions or cabaret evenings.

The Edna Dining Room provides dinner seating for up to 75 guests. The dining room radiates color and panache, her red and black color scheme brings excitement to every event.

Paired together the Wilma and Edna offers a handsome alternative to the drab. Appointed with a central foyer and bar, it accommodates up to 400 guests with endless possibilities.

The Gallery Dining Room, located on the second floor of the Wilma Building, overlooks the Clark Fork River, exhibits beautiful artwork, and is perfect for small, private functions.

Directions: Principal approach from the east or west or north is along I-90. If you are headed south on US Highway 93 into Missoula, connect with I-90 and continue east. From either direction on I-90 get off at the Van Buren Street Exit. Go south to Broadway and turn right. Continue to Higgins Avenue and turn left, get into the right hand lane as soon as you can. The last building on your right before you cross the Higgins Street Bridge is the Wilma theatre. There is a loading zone pullout immediately in front of the building.

From the south the principal approach is on US Highway 93. Head north into Missoula. After the Reserve streetlight US Highway 93 becomes Brooks. Stay on Brooks all the way into town. You will find yourself at a light with a high school in front of you and Higgins Avenue the cross street. Turn left and continue over the bridge, the first building on the left as you come off the bridge is the Wilma theatre. The loading pullout is immediately in front of the building.

Wilma Theatre
131 South Higgins Room 200, Missoula, MT 59802

  • Historic
  • Entertainment
  • Movie/Film
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Air Conditioning
  • Beer/wine
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Non-smoking
  • Parking
  • Pay Telephone
  • Registered Historic Site
  • Senior Discount
  • Snack Bar

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