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Richfield, Utah  84701
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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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Front of the Huish Theatre in Richfield.

Photographer: Grant Smith
Date: 25 June 2005

Huish Reel Theatre
131 North Main Street
Richfield, Utah 84701
435 896-4400
webmaster@reeltheatre.com
http://www.reeltheatre.com/
 
Status:
Open 
Chain:
Reel Theatres 
Total Seats:
758 
Open:
1947  
 

C. E. Huish Theatre Enterprises opened the Huish Theatre in 1947.[1 & 3]  The architect was Fred L. Markham, who also designed the Huish Theatre in Payson.[2]  The 758-seat theater[4] has a stage and balcony with as many as 300 seats.[1]

Reel Theatres Inc., which operated a twin-screen theater in Richfield Plaza, purchased the long-closed Huish Theatre in 1996.[1]  A new Simplex projector and DTS Digital sound system were installed.   The theater's original E-7 projector was moved to the lobby for display.   YESCO renovated the vertical blade sign on the theater's facade. Below the vertical neon letters H-U-I-S-H, a lighted box was added with the word REEL.[3]

For its week-long grand re-opening, the Huish Reel Theatre played Pocahontas and Sabrina to capacity crowds.  Admission and ticket prices were the same as when the theater first opened in 1947.[1]


1. “Old-Time Prices at New Theater's Debut”, Deseret News, 1 March 1996
2. “Huish Theater, Payson, Utah”, cinematreasures.org, October 2009
3. “Huish Reel Theatre, Richfield, Utah”, cinematreasures.org, October 2009
4. “Reel Theatre Specs”, www.reeltheatre.com, October 2009