Hysham’s Yucca Theatre is a head turner to be sure. This mission-style building is unlike most architecture you’ll find in Montana—or the northwestern United States for that matter.

Built in 1931, it was constructed of stucco-clad bricks, with projecting vigas and two buttressed towers flanking the main entrance. The interior includes a lobby, projection booth, and two floors of seating with plaster-covered walls.

The Yucca’s designer was David Manning, a prominent legislator who served 53 years in the Montana House and Senate. The Manning family operated the theatre up until the 1960s. Interesting enough, the Yucca is connected to David Manning’s home.

Tours of the Yucca and Manning house can be arranged through the Treasure County 89ers Museum (across the street).

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