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633 South 950 West
Payson, Utah  84651
801 465-8500
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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 entrance of the Stadium Cinemas.  The ticket booth is behind the brick pillars on the left of the entrance doors.

Grant Smith, 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