56 W. Main Street,
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Previous Names: Realart Theatre
Opened as the Realart Theatre. On July 21, 1926 it was renamed Cameo Theatre. On January 15, 1944, the Tribune reported on a fire at the Cameo Theatre, which caused $50,000 damage with only four walls remaining. John H. Miller rebuilt his theatre and it reopened with 150 more seats on April 1, 1944. The Film Daily Year Book of 1950 listed the Cameo Theatre with 550 seats.
The Provo Daily Herald reported in January and February of 1958 on the remodeling of the former Cameo Theatre at 60 W. Main Street into a store by Christensen’s Department Store. Interestingly enough, the present day aerials compared to the Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1938 show that the building still has the same footprint where the stage area was wider than the auditorium. Although the original store has departed, Christensen’s name is still on the building, about a block away from the Towne Cinemas.
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An Article from the Daily Herald 11 November 1976, Page 18 AMERICAN FORK — Mr. and Mrs. DeLoy Sallenback have purchased the Coral Theater from the Miller Theatre Corporation.
DeLoy and Bev Sallenback and their family of five children are from Canada, where DeLoy practiced law for many years.
Sale of the Coral Theater ends half-a-century of the Miller family theater business in this part of the county.
The Coral theater is the last of four theaters that have been operated by the family in American Fork, Lehi and Pleasant Grove.
John H. Miller purchased the local theater in American Fork in 1926, remodeled it and changed the name to the Cameo. He afterward acquired the Royal Theater in Lehi, and the Grove Theater in Pleasant Grove. In 1950 Mr. Miller opened a new theater in American Fork and named it the Coral in honor of his wife, Cora.
Site of the Cameo is now occupied by the Christensen Department Store.
After Mr. Miller’s death, his son Clifford became manager until 1975. A son-in-law, Helmut Reimschissel has been manager until the recent sale.
This one was previously known as the Realart Theatre. The Realart was remodeled and opened as the Cameo Theatre on July 21, 1926.