The Mc Daniels Family
The Ute Theatre was built in 1916. It was a Livery Stable owned by Jud Keyes. Later it served as a garage and blacksmith shop.
In 1930 Ross Labart bought the building and increased the height of the building and built the Ute Theatre.
After a few years, Luis Groy, took over the operation of running the theatre. His daughter Josie -McDaniels and her husband kept the business going for many years. They sold to Rod Hines, who ran it for a short time. He sold it to Susan Crutchfield. I purchased it in May of 2009.
The seats are Art Deco Style of the late 1930’s or early 40’s. The cushions are made of spring & straw, and have an interesting art deco detail to them, which used to have lights at the base of them and are cast metal.
The Popcorn Machine is a 1930 Manley Aristocrat- Top of the Line Model. It took 2 years after it was ordered to arrive at it's new home, due to the war effort. There are very few left in existence.
Extensive renovations have been done including plumbing and electrical. Walls and 2 sets of double doors have been removed in order to open up the lobby area. The entrance to the theatre has been relocated in order to provide better sound deadening, and create a place for theatrical lighting above the new entrance. In order to retain the architectural element of the original entrances to the theatre, the top half of each of the original doorways has been retained and now showcases the next weeks “Coming Soon” posters.
The original men’s bathroom has been remodeled to more than double its size in order to accommodate wheelchairs. In addition to that, the 1st two rows of the theatre flanking the center seats are handicap accessible.