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When Warren Mott and his sons opened the Twin Cinema on 23 November 1973, it was the largest theater complex between Denver and Salt Lake City.  The lobby featured a huge crystal chandelier with 54 lights suspended over a round concession and ticket counter.  The 500 and 300-seat auditoriums were equipped with carpeting, drapes, “stadium type upholstered seats,” stereophonic speakers, and 21 by 40 feet Cinemascope screens.  The adjoining El Diamante reception center was converted to a third auditorium after Kent Limb purchased the theater in 1982.

 
 
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The theater has a triangular marquee with the name of the theater on the front and an attraction board on each side.  Underneath are two ticket booths with two ticket windows each.

Photographer: Grant Smith
Date: 21 June 2005

Spanish 8 Theatres
790 Expressway Lane
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
801 798-7991
info@mytowncinemas.com
http://www.watergardenstheatres.com
 
Status:
Open 
Auditoriums:
Open:
19 November 1997  
 

When Jon Traisault and Ray Bori designed the Spanish 8 Theatres, they wanted to create a family-oriented facility that would give the members of the community the features they wanted. In addition to low prices, digital sound systems, and automated projectors, the theater has child-sized toilets in the restrooms and sculptures of children by Springville artist Gary Price.[1]

The $3 million theater complex opened on 19 November 1997 and has three sizes of auditoriums, with the smallest seating about 100. Love seats have a folding arm rest so they can be used a regular seats as well. The theater has a $82,000 computer system that sells advance tickets over the phone. When patrons arrive at the theater they swipe the credit card used to make the purchase and their tickets print out.[1]

The Spanish 8 Theatres lost 30% of its business when the Stadium Cinemas opened in nearby Payson in May 2000. In April 2002 the Spanish 8 Theatres filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Traisault and Bori turned down an offer to sell the theater for almost half of its value because they were determined to work through the bankruptcy and make the theater profitable. In November 2002 one of their creditors, Stearns Banks, filed a lawsuit asking the court to change the theater's bankruptcy to Chapter 7, which would force the owners to sell the property.[2]

Imagination Theatres managed the Spanish 8 Theatres from some point until May 2003, when the theater became part of the new CinemaStar Theatres chain. In November 2005, CinemaStar Theatres became Red Carpet Cinemas.


1. “New theater complex caters to kids”, Deseret News, 10 December 1997, Page B1
2. “Bank sues Spanish Fork movie theater over bankruptcy”, Daily Herald, 27 November 2002