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The front of the former Star Theatre building.

Photographer: Grant Smith
Date: 24 June 2005

Star Theatre
(Eugene Theater)
 
16 North Main Street
Hurricane, Utah
 
Status:
Closed 
Open:
Before 1927  
Closed:
After 1958  
 

The Star Theatre was owned by Eugene and Leah Wadsworth, who would sometimes let moviegoers earn the 35-cent admission by hauling rock of their fields.  Since there was no television until 1958, "everyone went to every change of shows".[1]

At the groundbreaking of the Coral Cliff's Cinema in May 2004, Mayor Tom Hirschi said, "I think back to the old Eugene Star Theater. Many years ago as a youngster, I remember we used to ask Gene, ‘Is there a good movie?’ and he’d say, ‘Best damn show in town.’"[2]

The Star Theater opened before 1927[3] and showed movies until after 1958.[4]



1. "Mayor Hirschi Remembers the Hurricane of his Youth", 19 November 2003, Hurricane Valley Journal
2. "Coral Cliff's Cinema 8 Breaks Ground", Hurrican Valley Journal, 19 May 2004
3.
Polk's Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1927-1928
4. "St. George", movie-theatre.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