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C. W. Showalter, and Andrew King opened the Orpheus Hall on Thanksgiving Day, 30 November 1911.  The amusement hall had a spring dance floor, but was also used for roller skating, basketball, banquets, and movies.  It was named after the Greek god of Mirth, “a famous musician who is reputed to have had power to entrance men, beasts, and inanimate objects by the music of his lyre.”  At 11:00 PM on New Years Eve, 1928, the hall was renamed Imperial Hall.  In a ceremony on 20 April 1965, Governor Governor Calvin L. Rampton took a sledge hammer and delivered the first blow in the demolition of the hall as part of a community beautification campaign.

 
 
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The marquee and attraction boards of the Tinseltown, USA at night.

Photographer: Grant Smith
Date: 9 January 2004

Tinseltown USA
(Movies 10)
 
720 West 1500 North
Layton, Utah
1-800-FANDANGO 1170
119@cinemark.com
http://www.cinemark.com/
 
Status:
Open 
Chain:
Cinemark 
Auditoriums:
Total Seats:
1600 
Open:
7 December 1990  
 

Movies 10

The Cinemark Movies 10 theater opened just north of Layton Hills Mall on 7 December 1990.  The $1.5 million theater seats about 1800 and featured high-backed seats with cup-holders, two THX-certified auditoriums, and 4-channel stereo in all theaters.[1]

In August 1992, Cinemark announced that it would expand the Movies 10 theater at Layton Hills Mall to 14 screens by spring 1993.  Groundbreaking on the expansion was to begin within 60 days and was to include 13,300 square feet and four 200-seat theaters.[2]

The planned expansion, however, never took place.  Instead, Cinemark announced in December 1994 that it would demolish its Movies 6 theater, next to Movies 10, in order to build a 16-screen theater.  About the same time, Cineplex Oden announced it would built a 10-screen theater near the site, giving the area a total of 36 first-run movie theaters.[3]  Cinemark's planned 16-screen became the 7-screen Tinseltown U.S.A. and the new Cineplex Odeon theater had 9 screens instead of 10.
 

Tinseltown USA

The Cinemark Tinseltown USA at the Layton Hills Mall opened in May 1997 with 7 screens and about 1600 seats.  Features included "highback rocker seats, four-day advance ticket sales, digital sound, a video arcade room, four large concession areas and six box office stations." The largest auditoriums seat 425, the medium size 260, and the smallest 135.[4]

Plans for the Tinseltown USA changed at least twice. 

In August 1992, Cinemark announced that it would expand the Movies 10 theater at Layton Hills Mall to 14 screens by spring 1993.  Groundbreaking on the expansion was to begin within 60 days and was to include 13,300 square feet and four 200-seat theaters.
[2]

The planned expansion, however, never took place.  Instead, Cinemark announced in December 1994 that it would demolish its Movies 6 theater in order to build a 16-screen theater. About the same time, Cineplex Oden announced it would built a 10-screen theater near the site, giving the area a total of 36 first-run movie theaters.[3]

Cinemark's planned 16-screen theater became the 7-screen Tinseltown and the new Cineplex Odeon theater had 9 screens instead of 10.
 

Movies 10 Annexation

Movies 10 was annexed into Tinseltown USA sometime after 2004.  The marquee and ticket booths were removed from Movies 10 and both buildings were painted with a matching color scheme.  An addtion connecting both buildings allows moviegoers to purchase their tickets and concessions in Tinseltown, then walk down a hallway into the former Movies 10 building.  The former lobby of Movies 10 is now a party room.
 

1. "New Layton Movie Theater is Big and Beautiful", Deseret News, 10 December 1990, page C7
2.
"Layton 10-Plex Will Add 4 More Screen", Deseret News, 18 August 1992, page B4
3.
"Movie Mania in Layton: 36 Screens"
, Deseret News, 15 February 1995, page B3
4.
"New Layton theaters take moviegoing to the next level", Deseret News, 4 June 1997, page B9