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Ogden, Utah  84401
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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