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George H. Harrison and R. Howard Harrison opened the $40,000 Roosevelt Theatre on Valentine's Day, 14 February 1942, with Shirley Temple in Kathleen.  The “modern up-to-the minute motion picture theatre” was described as “new, beautiful, and elaborately equipped.”  The interior color scheme was peach, green, and beige, with red velour curtains and drapes.  The 500 seats in the auditorium were “arranged on a slight arc so that every seat directly faces the screen.”  The stage was large and had floodlights, so the theater could “accommodate many types of entertainment” and serve as “a community playhouse as well as a motion picture theatre.”

 
 
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The entrance of the former Blue Mouse Theater.  The marquee over the door is still there, but has been painted over.

Photographer: Grant Smith
Date: 10 December 2005

Blue Mouse
(Cinema Arts)
 
260 East 100 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
 
Status:
Closed 
Open:
Before 1973  
Closed:
1986  
 
Cinema Art, later known as the Blue Mouse, was the first venue for art and foreign films in Salt Lake City. The theater was originally a screening room and was located in the basement of the building.  The theater's seats came from a shoe-selling emporium.  The auditorium had 120 seats and was "stretched out like a long hallway."1


1. "On New Theaters, Indiana Jones and Skyrocketing Prices", Deseret News, 4 June 1989 , Page E10