Family Center Trolley Theatres

1123 East Fort Union Boulevard,
Midvale, UT 84047

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Family Center Trolley Theatres

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The Family Center Trolley Theatres had a grand opening on December 21, 1976, showing the premiere of “Joe Panter” a film made by Utahns.

The design of the Family Center was similar to that of the Trolley Square Theatres with nostalgia in decorations, with old time projecters and graphics of celebrities of stars of yesteryear.

The theatre was a million dollar project of Trolley Theatres with two auditoriums seating 400 and two seating 300. The first regular attractions at the new Family Center were “Bugsy Malone”, “Shout At The Devil”, “Baker’s Hawk” and “Murder by Death”.

When Loews took over operation in 1990 they changed from first run attractions to a dollar theatre. Loews closed the theatre in September of 1997 and it was demolished to make way for a new Babies R Us store.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

KeithHowick on September 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I worked at this theater in the early 1980s. I started as an usher making $2.85/hour and left an assistant manager. This was a wonderful place to work, but the theatre was (IMHO) mistreated by its later owners. As a trolley theatre it was marvelous and looked fabulous. Ushers wore trolley car conductor uniforms and the concession girls keystone cop outfits. We were still using old fashioned key registers to print out movie tickets. Later we were bought by Plitt. The uniforms changed to less impressive (and very warm to wear) red jackets and dresses. Plitt cared about us about as much as their left armpit. Finally the theater was bought by Odeon Cineplex —– who cared about us least of all. What was once a magical place became just another place to see a movie. I miss the many people I worked with there and wonder what has become of them: Mike Black, Hope Topalian, the ever ecclectic Lisa Daricotte. I have fond memories for this theater, and was saddened to hear it had been demolished.

MelV on May 21, 2017 at 11:12 am

me too Keith,I worked there in the mid 70s to the 80s and it was a great place—maybe I worked with you? Mike was the last Mgr I remember. I was sad to see it go.

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