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Beaver Cinema

2005 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
55-57 Main St
Beaver UT 84713

Record #9195  
 Opened: 1937
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Current Use:
Capacity: 300 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Firmage, The Cinema, The Showhouse

Information for this tour was contributed by Grant Smith.

The Firmage Theatre was built at a cost of $25,000 and opened on 6 August 1937. The "De Lux" motion picture showhouse had 400 seats and the most up-to-date sound equipment. <1> "Lobby appointments give the air of distinctive colorings in white, blue, beige with trimmings of stainless steel. Groups of modernistic furniture add the finishing touch." <2>

The Firmage Theater was later owned by Elizabeth Dewsnup, who would drive up from Cedar City on weekends to run a movie theater. Before moving to Cedar City, Dewsnup owned theaters in Price where she worked as a college professor.

About 1983 the theater was renamed "The Cinema". Between 1992 and 1996 it was renamed "The Showhouse". In 1999 it was listed in the phone book as "The Cinema Beaver". <3>

In July 2002 the closed Beaver Cinema was for sale at $125,000. The theater featured a state-of-the art platter system, 300 seats, and 7,000 square feet of commercial space. The Beaver Cinema had two shops on either side of the theater entrance. <4>

1. "Chapter 7 Prosperity and Depression 1920-1950", A History of Beaver County, by Martha Sonntag Bradley
2. "Beaver's New $25,000 Theatre Will Open Tonight," The Beaver Press, 6 August 1937
3. "Beaver Cinema", cinematreasures.org
4. Southern Utah Telephone Directory, October 1983 through May 1999

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June 2005 photos from the Grant Smith collection.

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Last featured 5/14/2005. Last edited 1/15/2011.

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