The Iris Theater

Originally intended as a meeting hall with storefront space, tenants Byton Down and Robert Pryde redesigned the building’s ground floor before its completion for use as a theater. When the Iris opened in 1925, residents viewed it as welcome competition since ownership of Red Lodge theaters had previously been monopolized by one family. The Slavonian National Protective Society used the upper floor meeting hall while the front section held an apartment. Sound equipment was added in 1929 and the Iris, later the Park Theater, operated until 1961. Distinctive brickwork in red and buff and the 1930s marquee distinguish this Red Lodge landmark.


The Iris Theater/Park Theater

The Iris Theater/Park Theater

Still image capture of Iris Theater/Park Theater facade, 7 South Broadway, Red Lodge, Montana. Image adhered to paper with typed information. b&w print. | Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana | Creator: Unidentified photographer View File Details Page

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Street Address:

7 South Broadway, Red Lodge, Montana [map]

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The Montana National Register Sign Program, “The Iris Theater,” Explore Big – Montana's Historic Places, accessed July 23, 2017,


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