Ode to Lee J.


By Betsy Scanlin
(Co-owner with husband Jeff Anderson of the Roman Theatre building)
The Red Lodge Theatrical Community’s recent production of “Cherub and Smile” once again revealed the tremendous talent and good humor that exists in Red Lodge.
Whether it’s a variety show, movie or other event, these collective experiences create and define our unique community of Red Lodge that we share with each other and others. You can’t “computerize” or “digitalize” these experiences: they’re real, not “virtual.”
One person, honored at the event, who has had a big role in forming these collective memories is Lee J. Hanchett, whose operation of the Roman Theatre for over 25 years before he retired in 2012 brought us fantasy, fear, loathing and joy by bringing the outside world to us through The Big Screen and Stage of the Roman. 
We have laughed together, cried together, sung along and surged with pride over our fellow residents’ talent and antics while Lee J. maintained the flow of history to keep the Roman the longest continuous-running movie theater in Montana.
Thanks, Lee J., and thanks to the Red Lodge Theatrical Community for continuing this fine tradition.

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 1:00pm
    Take a break from your holiday shopping and spend your afternoon playing bingo! Come out, join the fun, and celebrate the holidays on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Dec. 17, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
    Red Lodge Dance Group looking for new members. Beginners very welcome. Need not be a couple, Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., at Roosevelt Middle School Cafeteria.
  • Monday, December 18, 2017 - 12:00pm
    The Red Lodge Community Blood Drive will be held Dec. 18 at St. Agnes Catholic Church.  Appointments are offered from 12 noon - 5 p.m. and can be made online at www.bloodhero.com. Walk-ins are also accepted if time allows. Contact Christie at (406) 210-8678 for questions or to make an appointment.
  • Monday, December 18, 2017 - 6:00pm
    All Veterans and their families are invited to a complimentary holiday dinner Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Broadway in Red Lodge.  Please call 446-1812 to make reservations.
  • Monday, December 18, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 8:00am
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.