LeRay Alexander, a school teacher and World War II veteran, opened the first commercial movie theater in Blanding on 23 August 1946, despite opposition and competing plans from local leaders. Dr. Wesley R. Bayles helped fund the $11,000 showhouse. Over 60 years later, the San Juan Theatre continues bring movies to the county it was named after.
The Wilshire opened in 1969.1 Two smaller auditoriums were added in the mid-1970s. The theater closed 4 October 1998 after facing increased competition from new multiplexes in Layton and Ogden.2 It was later demolished.
1. "Ogden", movie-theatre.org
2. "Another theater to close in Weber", Deseret News, 3 October 1998, page B8