• Help Whitehall Save the Star

    It’s hard not to notice the bright marquee – featuring a glowing yellow star – that sits above the Star Theatre in Whitehall. Montana Magazine contributor Glenn Marx says that light is an important beacon for the town, which has had one movie theater for almost 100 years.

    Marx writes that the first movie graced the theater’s screen a century ago – in 1914 – and since then Whitehall residents continue to reminisce about their first movie, first date or first kiss sneaked during a romantic movie.

    Today, Whitehall residents are in a race against time to keep the Star Theatre open and operational. “Save the Star” has been set up to raise enough money to buy new equipment that can show digital film.

    So, Save the Star was born and a host of volunteers are working to raise the thousands of dollars needed to save the theater. Through a series of donations, fundraisers and the sales of Marx’s book “Talk About a Dream,” the community is close to saving the star.

    You can read the story by Marx in the Jan/Feb issue of Montana Magazine.

    How can you help save the Star?

    Contributions to help save the Whitehall Star Theatre can be sent to Save the Star, P.O. Box 536, Whitehall, MT 59759. Copies of “Talk About a Dream” are available through the Whitehall Ledger, The Corner Store  and The Star Theatre in Whitehall, at the Three Forks Herald in Three Forks, Montana Book and Toy Company in Helena, The Country Bookshelf  in Bozeman and at Books & Books in Butte.




  1. Jo Ann says: January 22, 2014 at 12:35 pmReply

    We gave information to the fund raising committee that could possibly obtain this equipment for nearly NOTHING and to my knowledge nothing has been done. So I will not be able to help any further. Just goes to show You how things fall on death ears, and for what, to promote a book? Sad!

    • Kerry Sacry says: February 22, 2014 at 11:30 pmReply

      The cost of digital conversion is expensive. When digital conversion was being conceived by the movie companies,.one plan was that the movie distributers would help the theatres pay for this conversion. The thought was that the movie distributers are the ones saving money by not making 35MM film and reduced cost of shipping and storage. Theaters chains in bigger cities have the resources to upgrade to digital equipment. As the majority of the large theatres upgraded, the movie companies have abandoned the idea of funding digital upgrades. For small town theatres the digital upgrade is out of reach without creativity, large loans, or community help.. Small town theatres across the country are facing the same problems as the Star Theatre.
      The Star Theatre is lucky to have community support and a talented author that donated his book for this project.

  2. Elizabeth Pease says: January 31, 2014 at 1:20 pmReply

    Sounds like a real life ‘The Majestic’. Having to spend ‘thousands of dollars to upgrade a 100 year old theatre sounds a little too much to me. It appears greed is still rearing it’s ugly head a century later in this case. Jo Ann: The word is ‘deaf’ ears, not ‘death’, and I don’t think that’s true in this case. It all goes back to GREED.

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