Art House Cinema 502, a micro-cinema on Historic 25th Street, opened on 4 August 2011, showing Rubin and Ed. The number in the theater's name refers to its square footage. AHC502 showcases “under the radar independent, foreign, and documentary film gems,” filling a void in the Ogden area and sparing its patrons a drive to Salt Lake. “Cinema 502 gives you all you expect of a big box movie theatre within an intimate setting. This micro cinema embodies the spirit of true independent film exhibition.”[2, 4] Attendance fluctuates depending on the movie, with some titles selling out and others struggling to draw an audience.
The lobby is “about the size of a suburban bathroom.” The auditorium accommodates 28 in tiered rows of 1938 Art Deco seats. Ambiance is a cross of modern and vintage, with exposed historic brick, glass art, and a "sculptural" Coke-Cola cooler. Technical specifications include DLP digital projection, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, and Blu-ray/digital playback. In a Kickstarter campaign, Joel Layton comments, “Frankly our audio blows away most mainstream multi-plexes.”[1, 2, 3, 4]
One moviegoer described her experience. “The art house is an unassuming building that i would have narrowly missed . . . Sitting in this tiny theater makes you feel like you found some sort of secret place, a welcome retreat from the overcrowded over-commercialized big box theaters.”
1. "Art House Cinema 502", Fox 13 News, 29 July 2012
2. www.ahc502.com, Art House Cinema 502, retrieved June 2013
3. "Art House Cinema 502 Blu-ray Server!", retrieved June 2013
4. “Local Spotlight: Art house cinema 502”, indieogdenutah.com, 14 August 2011