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OLD MOVIE THEATER IN RICHFIELD TO REOPEN

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A long-abandoned movie theater is getting a new lease on life in Richfield.

The building has been purchased by the owner of the Reel Theatres, the only movie outlet in Richfield for many years. The former Huish will operate under the Reel Theatres name, owners reported. The theater, at 131 N. Main St., will offer discount-priced movies.The Huish Theatre opened in 1947, but the building hasn't seen any activity for many years. When it opened, movie prices were advertised as 50 cents for adults, 40 cents for students and 15 cents for children.

The building can accommodate about 600 people on the main floor. A balcony that can seat another 300 won't be opened.

Owners said the best of the old will be retained in the renovated building while incorporating the new, such as modern sound and projection systems featuring technological advances. Comfortable "Bodiform" chairs are still in very good condition and will continue to be used.

Reel Theatres began operating in the Richfield Plaza in 1987, the second movie house to open under that name. Its 10 facilities employ about 130 people in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.