Cinedome 70

1481 W. Riverdale Road,
Riverdale, UT 84405

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The Cinedome 70 had two domed auditoriums, one with 791 seats, the other with 738 seats and both with 70-foot curved screens. The theater opened May 15, 1970. It was built by the Tullis and Hansen families, who operated the theater until it was leased to Plitt Theaters in 1985.

In recent years, the theater fell into disrepair. Cineplex Odeon and Cinemark built new multiplexes in nearby Layton and Ogden, which caused attendance at Cinedome to drop. In anticipation of Cineplex Odeon’s impending bankruptcy, the owners terminated their lease with Cineplex Odeon on February 5, 2001 and tried to find new management for the theater.

Plans were proposed to convert the Cinedome into a private club with a liquor license, called the Rock ‘n’ Rodeo. At night, the theater would be a dance and concert hall. During the day, it would show second-run movies. This never happened and the Cinedome 70 was demolished in October 2010.

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afigueira
afigueira on March 15, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I am a Utah based filmmaker and I have always wanted to not only restore this beautiful building as a theater, but also convert part of it into a production studio for use by local filmmakers, schools, and others. Maybe Spy Hop or some other such group would have interest. I’m just exploring the idea in more detail, but I do know that I’d like a real community-oriented, localized take on it. If anyone has comments, ideas, or interest in this concept, please contact me at

CinemaService
CinemaService on January 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I would cost several million dollars just to get the building in shape again to be able re-open it. This was one of those buildings built back when electricity was really cheap and as a result the entire building is 100% electric. That wouldn’t fly today in the world of high electric costs.

I aquired a pair of the 70mm projectors that were still in Cinedome late last year and while in there I went through the place top to bottom. There is still a huge hand painted “Empire Strikes Back” sign up stairs in the air handler room! The 60 foot wide curved screens are still both there and intact. Some of the speakers have been removed or the drivers stripped. All the seats are there as well but they are in rough shape. Much of the copper wire in the building has been striped out by vandals and the roof top air conditioning units have been completely striped by vandals. The building would have to be 100% updated and it would still not make enough money in today’s multiplex oriented world to pay it’s way. Sadly, it is now an extinct dinosaur.

katamanto
katamanto on February 24, 2010 at 10:11 am

Thanks MarkG for the condition update. The building was recently sold and I hear they have plans to raze it for a car lot. (Yes – Riverdale needs more of those!) The county assessor puts the value of the property at only $678,921.00.

I’d still like to see “The Domes” saved. It is a very unique and rare style of theater. I believe there is enough interest that money could be raised (over time) to restore it. There is a Facebook group for sharing memories with over 350 members; I think there are hundreds (thousands?) more in the general public who would contribute to saving it. The first step would be just securing it from being torn down.

A restored theater wouldn’t have to compete with first-run theaters. It could be operated as a non-profit specialty theater hosting Indie movies, film festivals, movie premiers, concerts, etc., as well as first-runs. There are other theaters that are thriving on this model (ie: Egyptian Theater in Boise, Idaho). I’m willing to jump in and get this started. I just need to hear from ONE other person who thinks we should do it! Sadly, I think the public has rolled over on this one – even the original owner’s family hasn’t tried to save it (recently).

rondock
rondock on April 8, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Well, I’m that one other person. But unfortunately I’m a person with no real money to spend on such a project. Iâ€\m just a regular working guy with a modest income. But I would be willing to invest the time if you have a way to get the money.

My personal interest is to own and operate a second run $1 theater like they used to have in the Newgate mall. Only in todayâ€\s market it would be more like $2.50 or $3. The intent would be to play relatively new movies, but movies that have already played at the major venues. Plus offering the standard concessions at more reasonable prices with the overall goal of being able to offer a family a night out at the movies for $20 or so.

I remember waiting for the good shows to come to the $1 theater and I think it would work again today.

If you wish to contact me I can be reached at

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm

A Facebook group has formed – with over 2,400 persons signed on so far – with the intent of helping preserve this theater: View link

LeeZ
LeeZ on October 19, 2010 at 5:26 am

The Cinedome 70 was demolished today.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 19, 2010 at 5:50 am

This article has photos and video of the demolition: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=12873062

Vhs4ever
Vhs4ever on March 19, 2014 at 1:55 am

Look liked amazing theatre

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on March 20, 2014 at 12:04 am

looked beautiful and amazing!

Vhs4ever
Vhs4ever on March 20, 2014 at 1:38 am

Would have loved to seen it. My favorite theatre in my hometown just got torn down. It’s like they ripped my heart out so many memories

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