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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Deward H. and Alson A. Shiner opened the Vernal Theatre on 29 March 1946, showing Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert in No Time for Love.  The grand opening ad described it as “eastern Utah's finest moving picture theatre,” with “oceans of room” and “530 comfortable, body-form seats.”  The theater was built on the old confectionary lot.

 
 
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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