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115 North Main Street
Heber City, Utah  84032
654-1181
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The sign for 'The Reel Theatre' is above the entrance and has a four-line attraction board.  The entrance is a diagonal wall with windows and two doors.  On the left of the entrance there may have been an ticket booth.

Photographer: Grant Smith
Date: 20 June 2005

Ideal Theatre
(Ideal City Theater, Reel Theatre II)
 
115 North Main Street
Heber City, Utah 84032
654-1181
http://www.hebercitytheatre.com/
 
Status:
Open 
Open:
Before 1918  
 
The Ideal Theater opened before 1918<1> and showed movies from about 1930 to 1955.<2>

In September 1942, the Ideal Theater and Wasatch Theater offered a free movie ticket for each person who purchased a 25-dollar war bond.<3>

John Miller started a silent movie theater in Heber in the mid 1920s, but its name and location are unknown.  By the 1940s, Miller moved to American Fork.<4>


About 2000, the Ideal Theatre was renamed the Reel Theatre II.<2>  Between June 2005 and May 2006 the theater returned to its name of Ideal Theatre.


1. Polk's Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1918-1919, 1920-1921, 1922-1923, 1927-1928, 1930-1931
2. "Rural 3", movie-theatre.org, listing as sources the Film Weekly Film Journal yearbook 1920, 1925, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955; and International motion picture almanac , 1961, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000
3. "Chapter 7: World War II", A History of Wasatch County, by Jesse L. Embry, Utah State History CD-ROM
4. "Grove Theater Legacy", New Utah, 4 December 2003, page 3