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30 West Main Street
Price, Utah  84501
435 637-1705
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Advertising for the Silver Dollar Steakhouse on the Crown Theatre marquee.

Photographer: Matt Lutthans
Date: 9 August 2011

Crown Theatre
(Eko Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Utah Theatre)
 
30 West Main Street
Price, Utah 84501
435 637-1705
 
Status:
Closed 
Open:
18 December 1912  
Closed:
8 January 2009  
 

The Eko Theater brought silent motion pictures to Price in 1911, with shows on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for ten cents per person.  In 1914 the Bonita Theater opened just east of the Eko Theater at the corner of Main Street and Carbon Avenue.  The Eko was named the Lyric and the Utah before becoming the Crown Theatre.[1 & 2]

About 2009, the non-profit organization which runs the Rio Theatre in Helper raised $5,000 and began renovations at the Crown Theatre to convert the cinema for live performances.  The theater sat idle after funding ran out.


1. Eastern Utah Advocate, 22 October 1914, 19 November 1914.
2. A History of Carbon County, by Ronald G. Watt, "Chapter 5 Community and Economic Development, pp. 71-106