33 E. Center Street,
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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.
Previous Names: Princess Theater, Crest Theater
The Princess Theater was opened January 1, 1912. It was built by John B. Ashton for $25,000 and originally had 550 seats. On October 19, 1930 it was renamed Crest Theater. On November 6, 1936 it was renamed Uinta Theater. It was a cozy little theater, smallest of the 1960’s and 1970’s downtown theaters. Didn’t have a true balcony. It also felt more like a theater than the “big” one. By the early-1940’s it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Tracy Barham.
Fell victim to the arrival of multi-screen facilities in happy valley. Destruction coincided with the elimination of the retail importance of downtown. How unique. Staffed, as were the others, by BYU students, mostly working part-time. If the employee was a local kid, you could tell by the surly attitude. The smallness, grimness, etc. of the three theaters most available to BYU folk was the reason I took dates as often to Salt Lake City’s former array of great movie palaces as the local places.
It was demolished in October 1991.
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