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Ogden, Utah  84401
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The Elberta Theatre opened in Brigham City on 12 March 1917, built by W. H. Shurtliffe and W. R. Dredge.  A unique feature of the theater was that moviegoers entered the auditorium next to the screen, allowing latecomers to find their way to their seats using the reflected light of the film.  An orchestra pit below the screen had room for a piano and up to five other instruments.  About 1927, the Elberta was renamed the Capitol Theatre.  It is now part of the Walker Cinemas chain.

 
 
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Art House Cinema 502
158 25th Street
Ogden, Utah 84401
(801) 917-4502
http://www.ahc502.com/
 
Status:
Open 
Total Seats:
28 
Open:
4 August 2011  
 

Art House Cinema 502, a micro-cinema on Historic 25th Street, opened on 4 August 2011, showing Rubin and Ed.  The number in the theater's name refers to its square footage.  AHC502 showcases “under the radar independent, foreign, and documentary film gems,” filling a void in the Ogden area and sparing its patrons a drive to Salt Lake.  “Cinema 502 gives you all you expect of a big box movie theatre within an intimate setting.  This micro cinema embodies the spirit of true independent film exhibition.”[2, 4]  Attendance fluctuates depending on the movie, with some titles selling out and others struggling to draw an audience.[1]

The lobby is “about the size of a suburban bathroom.”  The auditorium accommodates 28 in tiered rows of 1938 Art Deco seats.  Ambiance is a cross of modern and vintage, with exposed historic brick, glass art, and a "sculptural" Coke-Cola cooler.  Technical specifications include DLP digital projection, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, and Blu-ray/digital playback.  In a Kickstarter campaign, Joel Layton comments, “Frankly our audio blows away most mainstream multi-plexes.”[1, 2, 3, 4]

One moviegoer described her experience.  “The art house is an unassuming building that i would have narrowly missed . . .  Sitting in this tiny theater makes you feel like you found some sort of secret place, a welcome retreat from the overcrowded over-commercialized big box theaters.”[4]

 
1. "Art House Cinema 502", Fox 13 News, 29 July 2012
2. www.ahc502.com, Art House Cinema 502, retrieved June 2013
3. "Art House Cinema 502 Blu-ray Server!", retrieved June 2013
4. “Local Spotlight: Art house cinema 502”,
indieogdenutah.com, 14 August 2011