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Iwas in Cedar City the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 1 and noticed that the Cedar is now closed. The building now has a new owner, but due to a non-compete clause, it cannot be utilized as a theater. Some friends of mine at the Utah Shakespearean Festival said the new use is unknown, but the site is being renovated.
Driving through Beaver just last week (Sept. 30), I noticed that the marquee now reads “new Firmage theater coming soon” and it looks like the building is being renovated.
Kim — both Ron Simpson and Clive Romney are active in Utah music circles. Simpson works at Brigham Young University, where he supervises a new BYU-sponsored recording label. Romney is one of the founders of a popular local music group called Enoch Train. Either one of them could probably help you locate a copy of the “Jonah in Jeopardy” tape. — Ivan Lincoln (Deseret Morning News drama critic & theater editor)
Ron,thanks for adding the Idaho Theatre to the Cinema Treasures list. I grew up in Twin Falls and have fond memories of both the Orpheum and the Idaho. I worked at both theaters while I was in high school. The Idaho did play — rarely — some A-list films, including “South Pacific” and “West Side Story,” mainly because it had a slightly larger screen than the Orpheum (but it was never equipped for stereo sound).
For several years, there was also an “art movie” guild in Twin Falls which would schedule brief runs of films that would normally not play in the area — foreign films that were pretty important during that time period.
There was also another downtown theater — the Roxy — which was independently owned. I think the space was eventually turned into a shoe store, which was highly appropriate because the Roxy was pretty much a “shoebox” size theater. It was just up the street from the Orpheum.
This was during the time when most of the theaters played movies from specific studios. The Orphaum & Idaho played MGM, Paramount, Warners, and Universal-International. The Roxy, for the most part, played Columbia, RKO, Republic and Disney films.
I presume the Orpheum isn’t quite as beautiful as it once was, but I am glad that it has not been razed.
— Ivan M. Lincoln
The overhead sign was dismantled several years ago and moved to the Trolley Square shopping center on 7th East, with the lettering changed to read … “TROLLEY SQUARE”