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Salt Lake City, Utah

Open in 1908, the Isis Theatre was one of the first motion picture theaters in Salt Lake City.  Its manager in 1910 was Max Florence, who a year later tried to blackmail the LDS Church by selling amateur photos of the Salt Lake Temple interior.  Dan Kostopulos, a benefactor of underprivileged children, later renamed it the Broadway Theatre.  In a 1976 press conference, Palace Theatre operator Lee Harper complained bitterly of persecution, made acusations of police brutality, threatened the life of a local judge, and accused the LDS Church of being involved with the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luthar King.

 
 
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An advertisement for Jack Holt in <span style='font-style: italic;'>Avalanche</span>, at the L. D. S. Church on Monday night.

San Juan Record, page 4
Date: 29 May 1930

Monticello Ward
165 South Main Street
Monticello, Utah 84535
 
Status:
Alternate Use 
Open:
Mid 1920s  
Closed:
After 1930  
 

By the mid 1920s, a booth with two projectors was built at the back of the LDS chapel. “While one roll of film was running, the projectionist placed the next roll on the other machine.” Chester Black operated the machines, with Donald Evans as assistant.[1]

Evans also helped announce the films. He recalls, “Marvin Dalton announced the title of the show and the name of the actor or actors with a megaphone during the afternoon and evening before it started. Later Marvin gave up the job and I took over. I borrowed a megaphone which came off a broken photograph belonging to the Adams' family. I would pause at every second corner on the outer perimeter of town and call out, 'Show tonight at the church house.'”[1]


1. “The Early Movie Scene: Monticello”, by Donald Evans, Blue Mountain Shadows, Volume 8, Summer 1991, page 35