The Egyptian Theatre (Boise, Idaho)

The Egyptian Theatre is a theatre and concert venue in Boise, Idaho. It has also been known as the Ada Theater. Inaugurated in 1927, it is the oldest theatre in the city. When it opened the local press wrote that it "embodies the characteristic features of the land of the Nile, from the truncated pyramids which form the great pylons, to the lotus bud pillars with their ornate frescoes".[2] The great lotus pillars flanking the screen are based on those of Karnak. The theatre has been renovated by Conrad Schmitt Studios.[3]

Ada Theater
General view of the south and east elevations
The Egyptian Theatre (Boise, Idaho)
The Egyptian Theatre (Boise, Idaho)
LocationBoise, Idaho
Coordinates43°36′53.99″N 116°12′5.02″W
ArchitectFrederick C. Hummel of Tourtellotte & Hummel
NRHP reference #74000724[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 21, 1974


It was designed by Frederick C. Hummel of architectural firm Tourtellotte & Hummel.[4]

The theater's architecture is of the Egyptian revival style, inspired by the newly-discovered tomb of King Tut. Over time, the structure underwent various changes. In 1999, it was remodeled once again after the original building.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1][4]

The theater is architecturally significant as one of the few surviving theaters from the grand cinema and movie palace era in Boise.[5]

The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum film premieres were all hosted at The Egyptian Theatre.

Actor Aaron Paul rented out the Egyptian theater in downtown Boise to live stream the 14th episode of Breaking Bad.[6]


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