Central Theater

Imagine stepping back into the golden age of cinema. If you're in Ely, you don't have to. The Central Theater was built in Ely, Nevada from 1939 to 1941. The Art Deco style cinema was built by Percy and Warren Hull after they were denied permission to expand Ely's Capital Theater, which opened in 1916. Originally it was built as a 725-seat theater. The Central is unusual in a town where most of the structures were built in the boom times of the early 20th century. The one story building features a vertical CENTRAL neon sign over the marquee. The interior features curved surfaces and is in a good state of preservation.

Construction began in 1939, with an ultimate cost of $80,000. The Central held its grand opening on March 29, 1941, with Arizona as its opening show. The Central was advertised as "The Finest Theater in Eastern Nevada." The Central Theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 1993

The management is very interactive with their customers on their Facebook page, taking movie requests, posting trailers, and hosting contests.

Old fashioned popcorn and snack bar complete an enjoyable movie experience.


Mon-Fri: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sat-Sun: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


Adults- $7

Children and Seniors- $5

Accepts cash, check, credit and debit cards

Located at: 145 W 15th St., Ely, Nevada

See this website for current showings.