August 9, 2012
Kress Cinema & Lounge
817 8th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
About the Kress Cinema & Lounge
S.H. Kress & Co. was the trading name of a chain of “five and dime” retail department stores in the United States, which operated from 1896 to 1981.Samuel Kress opened his first “stationery and notions” store in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania in 1887. The chain of S. H. Kress & Co. 5-10-25 Cent Stores was established in 1896. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century Kress stores were a familiar sight on “Main Street” in hundreds of cities and towns.The Kress chain was known for the fine architecture of its buildings. “Samuel H. Kress… envisioned his stores as works of public art that would contribute to the cityscape.”
In 1964 Genesco, Inc. acquired ownership of Kress. The company abandoned its center-city stores and moved to the shopping malls. Genesco began liquidating Kress and closing down the Kress stores in 1980.
Kress buildings around the country have seen a resurgence of reuse. The Kress Cinema & Lounge in historic downtown Greeley is one of them. The Kress Cinema & Lounge has the destinction of being Greeley’s first independent art house cinema. It is located in the historic Kress Building that has been fully renovated which is in the heart of downtown Greeley. Their programs are diverse, with foreign, cult, classic and alternative films playing. Located in downtown Greeley, in the historically renovated Kress Building, the theater takes advantage of the high, decorative plaster ceilings to create a large viewing space with historic ambiance.
Make sure to visit their website to learn more about the Kress Cinema & Lounge!