Resource Number: 66Historic Building Name: Peak TheaterCurrent Building Name: Peak TheaterAddress: 113 E. Pikes Peak Ave.Architectural Style: Modern MovementsYear Built: 1937
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The last of the six movie theaters that operated in downtown in its heyday, the 1937 construction of the Peak Theater demonstrated the importance of this popular form of entertainment at the nadir of the Great Depression. Fragments of an earlier bank building were incorporated into the theater, which cost $10,000 and was capable of seating 500. In 1949, the theater was modernized inside and out, nearly doubling in size.
The architects for the interior remodeling were the Boller Brothers of Kansas City, leading theater designers. The exterior was designed by Earle A. Deits; the façade stretched beyond its current configuration an additional fifty feet to the east. Interior murals depicting the area's scenic attractions in a modernistic style, painted by German-born Frank Lackner, glowed under black lights. The theater's most notable feature is the pie-shaped marquee, originally designed to illuminate with zeon, deemed more vibrant than common neon.
The theater closed in the late 1980's, but was reconfigured into two theaters, a wine bar and upstairs offices in the early 1990's. National Register eligible.