Joseph Pantone, an early partner in the Colonial Theatre, thought the small cinema had “a bright future because the smaller establishments do not have the heavy overhead of larger picture houses and can share the saving with their patrons.” The Colonial opened on Thanksgiving Day, 29 November 1923. In 1935, it expanded from 389 to 490 seats. The theater closed at the end of May, 1949.
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In the north foyer of the Trolley Corners Theater 1 was a large mural of Star Wars painted by Don Christensen. Stairs and platforms gave access to four doors leading to one side of the auditorium. A similar foyer on the south side of the theater featured a mural from the Sound of Music. Someone managed to remove the Star Wars mural before the theater was gutted.
Grant Smith, 16 February 2004
The north foyer of Trolley Corners Theater 1, from the top landing looking down. Trolley Corners, Salt Lake City, Utah Grant Smith, 16 February 2004
Trolley Corners Theater 1 featured a mural from the original Star Wars movie. The mural shows Luke Skywalker holding a light saber over his head. Princess Leia kneels beside him holding a blaster. In the background is the mask of Darth Vader and a wave of X-Wing fighters attacking the Death Star. C-3PO and R2D2 appear in the right corner of the mural, near the signature of its painter, Don Christensen. Trolley Corners, Salt Lake City, Utah Grant Smith, 8 November 2003
Looking through an open door, across the Trolley Corners Theater 1 auditorium to the door to the south foyer on the other side. Trolley Corners, Salt Lake City, Utah Grant Smith, 8 November 2003
Another view of the Star Wars mural in the north foyer of Trolley Corners Theater 1. Trolley Corners, Salt Lake City, Utah Grant Smith, 16 February 2004