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Kamas Theater has new owner

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

The Kamas Theater has a new owner who plans to expand its usage and restore it to how it may have looked after first opening in the 1950s.

Christopher Maile agreed to buy the Kamas Theater at 30 North Main after he got involved with the Uinta Conservatory for the Arts.

Former owner John Crandall was looking to sell and Maile, a musician, said he had the time and experience to make it work. The facility is also important to the goals of the conservatory, he said.

Because artists and musicians plan to use the theater’s stage for performances and recitals, Maile is currently enlarging and leveling out the front floor area to permit dancing. Hopefully dance classes can also be offered by the conservatory, he said.

It will continue to be a movie theater. Bringing films to the South Summit area fits well with his intent to make it a center for the arts, Maile explained. He’s also heard a lot of feedback from residents and says he knows the theater is important to the local community and fulfills a need in the Kamas area.

It will continue to show about two movies a week with about two showings per day. All but the most popular films will arrive a few weeks after their initial release.

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In short, Maile is not planning to change what the theater is already doing, but rather to expand what it does for the community.

"There are a lot of things that can be done to renew it; that’s stuff we’ll work on," he said. "We need funds to restore the outside and the interior to its original 1950s look."

Prices will be lowered a dollar for each age group to win fans, and the film "Easy A" will be shown twice for free on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. with free popcorn and drinks.

"We invite everyone to come out and see our start we’d like to show people where we’d like to take the theater. We’ll make a real classy place to see a film or a performance," he said.

The movie, "The Social Network" will also play Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. with tickets full price. Call 435-783-4350 for more information or join Kamas Theater on Facebook.


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