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Payson, Utah  84651
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Cedar City, Utah

In the early 1960s, business owners worried that the proposed Interstate 15 would divert tourists from Cedar City as they travelled to Zions and Bryce Canyon national parks.  Fred C. Adams, a professor at Southern Utah State College, thought a theater festival might encourage passing tourists to exit the new freeway.  For its first season in 1962, the Utah Shakespeare Festival used a makeshift outdoor platform as a stage, with the audience seated in folding chairs on the lawn.  In 1977, the festival built the Adams Shakespearean Theatre, a replica of the original Globe Theatre.

 
 
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The entrance of the Stadium Cinemas.  The ticket booth is behind the brick pillars on the left of the entrance doors.

Photographer: Grant Smith
Date: 21 June 2005

Stadium Cinemas
633 South 950 West
Payson, Utah 84651
801 465-8500
http://www.stadiumcinemas.com/
 
Status:
Open 
Auditoriums:
Total Seats:
1000 
Open:
May 2000  
 

Stadium Cinemas was the dream of Lew Johnson, who owned a twin theater in Alaska.  After his sudden death in January 2000, his family continued to build the Stadium Cinemas and opened it in May 2000.  The 1,000-seat theater complex was built to a high standard of quality.  It was the second all-THX-certified theater in Utah and features stadium seating and digital sound in all six auditoriums.  Space has been left on either side of the 22,000 square foot building so that the theater can be expanded to ten screens in the future.  Stadium Cinemas is owned by Darrel Rosingana and Kris Merkley and was the first business in the Gateway retail center by the 800 South interchange for I-15.[1]


1. “Payson theater — a treat for the ear”, Deseret News, 8 May 2000