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C. W. Showalter, and Andrew King opened the Orpheus Hall on Thanksgiving Day, 30 November 1911.  The amusement hall had a spring dance floor, but was also used for roller skating, basketball, banquets, and movies.  It was named after the Greek god of Mirth, “a famous musician who is reputed to have had power to entrance men, beasts, and inanimate objects by the music of his lyre.”  At 11:00 PM on New Years Eve, 1928, the hall was renamed Imperial Hall.  In a ceremony on 20 April 1965, Governor Governor Calvin L. Rampton took a sledge hammer and delivered the first blow in the demolition of the hall as part of a community beautification campaign.

 
 
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Thanksgiving Point opens new theater

By PAUL CATALA
Daily Herald, 29 May 2003

Article Summary:
The new Thanksgiving Point Stadium 8 Theatres will open four of its eight screens Friday at noon. The theater was originally scheduled to open May 23, but was delayed a week because of problems getting the seats shipped and installed. All eight theaters should be open by next Friday.

The Stadium 8 is Westates Theaters' second theater in Utah County. The first was Water Gardends Cinema 6 in Pleasant Grove, which opened in November 1997.

The $3.5 million theater complex has 28,000 square feet and is equipped with “the most modern equipment in projection and sound technology.” Auditoriums seat between 200 and 300 patrons and feature stadium seating. The theater's mirror projectors have infinite focal points, making the screens' brightness and clarity equally dispersed. All theaters have digital sound, with Dolby sound systems in two of them.

Opening day features were "Finding Nemo", "Holes", and "Italian Job".
 

 

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Thanksgiving Point opens new theater