Northwest Theatre Company ledger, 1922  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Northwest Theatre Company (Missoula, Montana)
Northwest Theatre Company ledger
1 volume
Collection Number
Mss 323
Accounting ledger listing expenses and income for theatres in Missoula, Montana, in 1922.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

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Finding aid in the repository.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1922 the Northwest Theatre Company in Missoula, Montana, had three major holdings, the Empress Theatre, the Liberty Theatre, and the Wilma Theatre. These enterprises were located in downtown Missoula with the Empress at 210 N. Higgins, the Liberty at 211 E. Main, and the Wilma in the Smead-Simons Building at 127 S. Higgins. According to advertisements in the 1922 Missoulian newspaper, these theaters generally showed movies. In 1920 W.H. Smead and W.A. Simons commissioned the architectural drawings for the most impressive of these buildings, the Wilma Theatre. Simons and Smead were probably the major partners in the Northwest Theatre Company at this time.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of an accounting ledger. Payments recorded include items such as COD charges for incoming films, road show expenses, organ repair, stagehands’ wages, cleaning bills, utility bills, advertising expenses in the Missoulian, fees for "added attractions," and charges by film companies like United Artists Corp. and Goldwyn Distribution Corp. Incoming monies are primarily from local daily ticket sales and road shows.

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Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes.

Preferred Citation

Northwest Theatre Company Ledger, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of Missoula Public Library.

Processing Note

This ledger was originally assigned collection number SC 155.

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Subject Terms

  • Theater management--Montana--Missoula
  • Theaters--Montana--Missoula

Form or Genre Terms

  • Business records--Montana--Missoula

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