Carmike Cinemas opened the Ritz Cinemas and Hollywood Connection Family Entertainment Center on 20 November 1998. The 165,000-square-foot complex was part of an “entertainment mecca” which included the Hale Centre Theatre and the West Valley City E Center (now the Maverick Center.) In addition to 15 movie screens, the Hollywood Connection included a carousel, roller coaster, bumper cars, miniature golf, skating, arcade, restaurant, ice cream parlor, and laser tag. Carmike's goal was to have enough entertainment under one roof so families wouldn't have to go around town.
"Today is the Gala Opening ad of ABC Intermountain's new Wilshire Theatre. Years ahead in concept & design. Beautiful decor and furnishings from plush carpets to acoustically designed walls. Luxurious, high-backed, foam padded opera chairs with plenty of stretch-out room between rows. The largest screen in the Ogden area, with the latest in projection equipment providing pictures of unequaled sharpness and clarity. Year 'round temperature controlled weather for health and comfort. At the entrance car-loading and unloading with acres of convenient, well-lit free parking." Wilshire Theatre, South Ogden, Utah 22 November 1968
Ad for Bang the Drum Slowly at the ABC Wilshire in 1973. Wilshire Theatre, South Ogden, Utah Ogden Standard Examiner, 6 October 1973