Film 2003: Miller time for Mormon Cinema, Madstone opens, Sundance shines

By Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune, 28 December 2003

Article Summary:

In a list of highlights of "2003 in movies in Utah," Salt Lake Tribune movie critic Sean P. Means included:
"The Villa Theatre, with its Cinerama curved screen and 1,000-seat auditorium, closed its doors Feb. 18 after 53 years in business. The Harmon's grocery chain bought the property, and now has it up for sale.

". . . On Aug. 15, the New York-based art-house chain Madstone Theaters opened the renovated Trolley Square Theaters, providing a four-screen venue for independent, documentary and foreign film to challenge Salt Lake City's established indie houses, the Broadway Centre Cinemas and Tower Theatre.

". . . the "M.O.M. Club" program at Sandy's Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons provided a place for harried parents to see new movies without worrying if their little kids would spoil everyone else's night. Theater amenities catered to nursing moms -- valet stroller parking, raised houselights so a mom could check on the baby, and lowered sound levels that won't scare the wee ones. The program, launched in August, has been a success."