The Crystal Theatre was open briefly in 1912, showing travelogues, such as Seven Years in the Arctic With My Camera, and current events, such as the funeral of John Henry Smith of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
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