Fact: True Grit is an American Western film in which John Wayne stared as Rooster Cogburn, it was mainly shot in Ridgway, Colorado and Ouray, Colorado, but some parts were shot near and around Montrose County. This was the only film John Wayne won an Academy Award with.
The Fox theater in downtown Montrose has stood for almost a century. It opened on October 31, 1929; just days after the Wall Street stock market collapse.
Excerpts from Exhibitor’s Herald-World, December 21, 1929:
“The Fox theatre in Montrose, Colo., is highly decorative in both design and furnishings, it is comfortably furnished, it has entirely modern equipment, there is a stage, and the seating capacity is 789. Yet Montrose has no more than 4,000 inhabitants, nor is it a suburb of a large city.”
Now known as the Fox Cinema Center, it has three screens. The two additional screens, known as the Little Theatre & Penthouse were created out of former retail space on either side of the main theatre entrance.
Jeff Hunt catches air at “flattop,” the dirt biking hot spot for Montrose county. Many people in Montrose, of all ages, share a passion for dirt biking. The adobes provide a perfect spot for such a high-thrill sport.