Real photo postcard, and aerial view of the wreckage of the Dewey Theatre in Park City, Utah after its collapse under a heavy snowfall in January, 1916. Photography, Utah, Cinema.

Real photo postcard, and aerial view of the wreckage of the Dewey Theatre in Park City, Utah after its collapse under a heavy snowfall in January, 1916.

[Park City?, n. p., 1916]. Real photo postcard, approx. 3.5 x 5.5 inches, postally unused, Noko stamp box. Some light toning, but a sharp postcard with little wear; in very good condition. Item #16570

A sharp, vivid picture of the collapsed theater (with its lobby and rear wall still intact); its large posters on the fence out front include two attractive designs plugging the popular Mutt and Jeff franchise (in this case, Mutt and Jeff in College). The death and renewal of theaters on this site seems perhaps characteristic of western towns: The Dewey had been built on the site of the Park City Opera House after that theater burned down (along with much of the town) in the 1898 Park City fire; the subsequent collapse of the Dewey cleared the way for the erection of the Egyptian Theatre on the site, where it still stands today as one of the main venues for the Sundance Film Festival. (See the history posted online by the Egypt Theatre.).

Price: $75.00