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When the Glen Brothers Piano Company opened its new store in 1923, the third floor included a 200-seat recital space named Chickering Hall.  The acoustics were described as “absolutely perfect.”  In 1975 the building was remodeled into the Washington Fair, a mall with a dozen specialty shops.  The stage on the third floor became the Laughing Gypsy Comedy Theatre and later the Famous Films Theatre.

 
 
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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