|The Babcock Theatre Building is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A and C at the local level of significance. The Babcock Theatre Building was one of the finest houses between the Midwest and West Coast when it opened on December 23, 1907. Under Criterion A, the Babcock Theatre Building served as an important anchor in the northern expansion of Billings' downtown from its origins along the railroad tracks and the Northern Pacific Depot. The building is linked to a range of uses important to the growth of culture and commerce in the city. Under Criterion C, the building is a significant downtown landmark. Designed by renowned Seattle theatre architect Edwin W. Houghton, the building , designed in the Two-Block Commercial style, contrasts with the more common Classical Revival styles of the surrounding area. In addition to a theatre, the building housed retail, residential, and office space. The theatre evolved over time but remains an excellent example of the Skouras-Style theatre design, and the sole surviving historic theatre in Billings.