Huish Theater

98 W. Utah Avenue,
Payson, UT 84651

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The Huish Theater in Payson, Utah was opened on April 16, 1949, by the David Huish family. The original seating capacity was for 816, all on a single floor.

Paul Mower bought the 600-seat theater in 1985 and refused to show R-rated movies or open on Sundays.

Since he was the only theater in town he was able to cherry pick the family films and reject many others.

However, when an all-THX stadium-seating theater opened nearby, Mower was unable to book such 2001 blockbusters as "Monsters, Inc.," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone," and "Lord of the Rings."

Mower decided against adding additional screens to compete because it would limit his ability to reject R-rated films.

He then sold the Huish to Jimmy and Phillip DeGraffenried of Santaquin, who have tentative plans to open a gym in the former movie house.

The 54-year-old theater showed its last film on January 31, 2002.

Contributed by Grant Smith

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William
William on December 16, 2003 at 3:49 pm

The Huish Theatre opened on April 16th. 1949 and the architect was Fred L. Markham, W.Rowe Smith, Associate. They also designed the Huish Theatre (1946) in Richfield, Utah.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 14, 2005 at 7:10 am

The address should be:
98 W Utah Avenue
Payson, UT 84651

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 14, 2005 at 7:29 am

Here are some photos of the Huish Theater in Payson.

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