Salt Lake Theater Wins Circuit Courtesy Award
Deseret News, 31 July 1958, page B10
The Villa Theater of Salt Lake City won a courtesy award at the closing
session Thursday of Fox Inter-Mountain Theaters.
The honor, which was announced during a meeting at the Hotel Utah, goes
to the staff of the theater "for keeping the showhouse as near like
home as possible," according to Robert W. Selig, Fox Inter-Mountain
president. Dick Frisbey is manager of the Villa, which will be the site
of the premiere of "South Pacific" Thursday night.
The Villa also received recognition from Tom Pendergast of New York,
chief engineer for Magna Corp., who called it the best theater in the
country for Todd-AO. He supervised installation of this equipment, which
is being used for "South Pacific."
Mr. Selig said that plans have been developed for remodeling the Uptown
Theater in Salt Lake into a stadium-type showhouse like the Villa, "but
we are awaiting other development in remodeling Main Street business near
the Uptown before going ahead with the work."
The Villa was one of four Fox Inter-Mountain Theaters receiving the courtesy
award. Other similar honors went to the Fox at Boulder, Colo.; Fox, Trinidad,
Colo., and the Woodlawn at Littleton, Colo.
Top award presented by the circuit Thursday went to Alan Bamossy, Great
Falls, Mont., city manager. This was the Clayton Long Trophy for maintenance,
safety, promotion, and cleanliness of theater operation.
Maintenance awards in the circuit were announced for Russell Snyder,
Center of Denver; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Everett Newton,, Fox, Sterling,
Colo., and Charlene Gavin, Fox, Missoula.
Keith May, manager of the Fox at Sterling won the Rhoden Weeks competition