“Grandfather” of Salt Lake City film exhibition dies at 77

posted by CSWalczak on September 22, 2009 at 8:45 am

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Regarded as Salt Lake’s champion of classic Hollywood films and at one time the operator of a number of the city’s theaters, Arthur Charles Proctor has passed. He is remembered in this article from the Deseret News.

“Art was the city’s single greatest influence for the preservation of classic movies from what we now call the Golden Age — the 1930s, ‘40s and '50s,” said Chris Hicks, former Deseret News movie critic and entertainment editor.

“Unlike most film buffs, he didn’t just talk about old movies — he showed them on the big screen in his theaters week after week for years. Then, when VHS movies came on the scene, Art opened a video store and rented those same golden oldies. I’m sure he had the largest collection of classic films in the state, and he loved to share them. His contribution to the local movie scene really can’t be measured.”

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