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Richfield, Utah  84701
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The University of Utah dedicated its first auditorium, Kingsbury Hall, on 22 May 1930.   The $275,000 assembly hall was funded by the State of Utah and named in honor of Joseph T. Kingsbury, who served as President of the University from 1897 until 1926.   Kingsbury Hall is one of nine buildings in the University Circle historic district, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.  The auditorium was built with a projection booth and an organ loft, to accommodate silent films.

 
 
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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
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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