Cottonwood Mall 4

5001 Highland Dr.,
Salt Lake City, UT

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Cottonwood Mall 4

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The Cottonwood Mall theater opened on July 10, 1968 with an invitational premiere of "The Thomas Crown Affair." The theater, which had 850 seats and a "four dimensional sound system," was originally called the "Fox Cottonwood Mall."

Construction of the theater was begun by Fox Intermountain Theatres, but by the time it was completed the theater chain had become National General Corporation.

In December 1976, the original auditorium was split into two screens, and in January or February of 1977, two additional auditoriums were completed.

In 1982, a new triplex was built down the street and was originally called Cottonwood 5-6-7, as if it was an extension of the Cottonwood Mall theater, but it was generally referred to as the Creekside Cinemas.

The Cottonwood Mall 4 had one large theater with about 500 seats and showed several films in 70mm, including "Batman," "2010," and "Brainstorm." The theater had a Norelco projector that may have originally been installed in the Villa in 1958 for "South Pacific."

It was one of the last three 70mm-equipped theaters in the Salt Lake area.

In 2001, Carmike Cinemas installed new projectors and added digital sound to two of the auditoriums that did not already have it.

Despite this effort to improve the theater, attendance declined because of the many new multiplexes built in the area. The theater closed on February 14, 2002.

During its last couple of days of operation, the phone recording at the theater said, "We will be closing our doors for the last time on Valentine’s Day, the 14th. So come in and see a movie here for the last time. We would like to thank everyone, and especially thanks for our regulars, for coming in."

Contributed by Grant Smith

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

movielover
movielover on October 18, 2003 at 5:11 am

I am doing research for a history of National General Corporation in general, and on their theatre, film, recording, and TV divisions in particu-
lar, and would greatly appreciate any
and all assistance, which is greatly
appreciated and will be credited in the book’s acknowledgments.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Andrea1979
Andrea1979 on August 26, 2004 at 7:22 am

I saw many movies here, including “Star Wars” and “Orange County”. The place had a spooky air to it, but we went there anyway. The theaters had burnt orange curtains and red seats.

op712
op712 on April 3, 2005 at 3:35 am

I remember seeing “Oliver” -the musical at the Cottonwood before the auditorium split. What a grand house this was with that huge screen!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

Described in this 1968 trade article: Boxoffice

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