Wayne and Mark Stephens, owners of the North Star Drive-In, opened “The Movie” on 6 February 1970 in the former dining room of the Ben Lomond Motor Hotel. It was the first new theater in downtown Ogden in more than a quarter of a century. The cinema closed after the F. O. Woodbury family donated the troubled Ben Lomond hotel to Weber County. The County Commission later terminated the lease on the theater in exchange for its internal fixtures.
Charles Petty, a local store manager, brought movies to Huricanne in 1914 using a gas-powered projector. The generator "created a loud 'putt, putt' sound heard all over
Hurricane; residents flocked to the theater in response."1