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Social Hall, also known as Browne Hall, was built by a group of investors led by S. M. Browne, a saloon owner and first mayor of Vernal.  Mr. Mease and Mr. Sheldon opened the Electric Theatre in the Social Hall on 4 May 1908, showing moving pictures and illustrated songs with piano and vocal accompaniment.  In 1910, the Social Hall was sold to the Woodard family for use as a furniture store.

 
 
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Duo get to save theater finally

By Suzanne Dean
Deseret Morning News, 09 January 2007

Article Summary:
When the Star Theater went up for sale in the late 1980s, Lori Nay and Diana Spencer helped organize a group called “Save Our Star” (SOS), but the theater was sold to another buyer.

In 2004, the Star Theater was again placed on the market. Nay and Spencer formed a nonprofit organization, paid earnest money, and then purchased the theater with an $8,000 down payment. They renamed the theater “Casino Star” in recognition of its entire history.

The theater was originally named “Casino” before the word was associated with gambling houses.

Because the intricate beaux-arts decorations on the Casino Star tend to deteriorate, the theater is only one west of the Mississippi still in operation.

Diana Spencer is a retired Snow College professor. Lori Nay is a doctor's wife and Gunnison city councilwoman.
 

 

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Duo get to save theater finally