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Towne Cinema


2002 Photo from the Scott Neff collection
120 W Main St
American Fork UT 84003
(801) 756-3181

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Record #1532  
 Opened: 1953
Capacity: 583 seats
Architect(s):
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Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Coral

Information for this tour was contributed by Grant Smith.

John Miller built the Towne Cinema in American Fork after moving there from Heber, where he started his first theater in the mid 1920s. In the 1940s, he also purchased the Alhambra in Pleasant Grove and a theater in Lehi. (1)

The theater was known as the Coral Theatre from about 1955 (2) to 1980. (3)

On 5 September 2003, Johnny Biscuit opened a performing arts venue called, "The Biscuit Theatre," at the Towne Cinema. A stage and theatrical lighting were added to theater 1 to accomodate the weekend program, which includes not only Johnny Biscuit's hypnosis shows and stand-up, but other forms of live entertainment, such as a monthly talent show. (4) The Towne Cinema continues to show movies in both theaters during the rest of the week. For more information, visit www.biscuittheatre.com.

1. "Grove Theater Legacy", New Utah, 4 December 2003, page 3
2. "Excel fle", movietheatre.org, listing as its sources the Film Weekly Film Journal yearbooks 1920, 1925, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955 and International motion picture almanacs 1961, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000
3. Timpanogas Phone Directory, 1980
4. "Biscuit bites into local entertainment with new theater", The Daily Herald, 24 September 2003, page B1

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October 2003 photos from the Grant Smith collection.


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