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Panida Theatre, Sandpoint

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Theater · Concert / Show
The Panida Theater is a small community theater in Sandpoint, Northern Idaho in the United States of America. The theater was built as a vaudeville and movie house by F.C. Weskil in 1927. Deriving its name from \"the PANhandle of IDAho\", The Panida opened as a vaudeville and movie house in 1927, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Past performers have included Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, Wynton Marsalis, and Mitch Miller. Actor Viggo Mortensen began his acting career at The Panida.

After fading into disrepair from lack of maintenance and interest, a group of community members formed a nonprofit organization which bought the theater in 1985. The Panida Theater is operated through a nonprofit corporation under the direction of a board of trustees, elected at an annual meeting of theater members. Day to day operations are overseen by an Executive Director, hired by the board of trustees. Karen Bowers has held the position of Executive Director since 1987.
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  • A great way to get out of the summer sun with family and see new or old movies. Right in the center of town. Great location.  more »
  • Renovated yet has maintained much of it's original character. It a true piece of Americana. Each time I attend a performance i am just amazed at the beauty of this structure. I love the side...  more »
  • The Panida stole my heart from the very first show we saw there. It really is like a step back in time with the architecture, furnishings, heavy velvet curtains and velvet seats. The staff and volunteers are great and very accomodating. When you go, see if you can find the mural on the wall that isn't quite like the others. It's a very funny story. Enjoy and go often!
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