Liberty Theater in Jerome, Arizona, was built in 1918. It cost $80,000 to erect, but paid for itself in one year.
At the time, Jerome was a boom town.
Created to be a silent movie theater, Liberty closed in 1929 and never converted to run sound.
The original projection equipment is still inside the theater’s booth – the space is a time capsule.
There’s a debate around which movie as the first one made in Arizona, but it was a story film made in 1898 on the Navajo Reservation of the Navajo by the Berton-Holmes Travelogue Company.
More movies followed, including ones by the Luben Company in 1912 and 1915.
In fact, 27 Academy Award winning films were shot, at least in part, in Arizona, including the musical Oklahoma!.