The front of the Towne Cinemas.
Grant Smith, 18 October 2003

Towne Cinemas

120 West Main Street
American Fork, Utah, 84003
www.townecinema.com
(1953 - Present)
Open

John Miller built the Towne Cinema in American Fork after moving there from Heber, where he started his first theater in the mid 1920s.  In the 1940s, he also purchased the Alhambra in Pleasant Grove and a theater in Lehi.1

The theater was known as the Coral Theatre from about 1955<2> to 1980.<3>

On 5 September 2003, Johnny Biscuit opened a performing arts venue called, "The Biscuit Theatre," at the Towne Cinema. A stage and theatrical lighting were added to theater 1 to accomodate the weekend program, which includes not only Johnny Biscuit's hypnosis shows and stand-up, but other forms of live entertainment, such as a monthly talent show.<4> The Towne Cinema continues to show movies in both theaters during the rest of the week. For more information, visit www.biscuittheatre.com.

1. "Grove Theater Legacy", New Utah, 4 December 2003, page 3
2
. "Excel fle", movietheatre.org, listing as its sources the Film Weekly Film Journal yearbooks 1920, 1925, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955 and International motion picture almanacs 1961, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000
3. Timpanogas Phone Directory, 1980
4. "Biscuit bites into local entertainment with new theater", The Daily Herald, 24 September 2003, page B1