1955: Isis Theatre Will Have Cinemascope in March
In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society. Isis Theatre Will Have Cinemascope in MarchThe Isis Theatre will have new Cinemascope projecting equipment and screen sometime in March, according to an announcement by owner, James N. Parsons, this week. A contract was signed last week for the new changeover and the equipment is expected to be installed during February.The new equipment will show the new Cinemascope wide view the Uislar Vision, and regular. Mr. Parsons explained that the front of the Isis would be entirely remodeled with the new screen occupying the entire front from door to door. This improvement is entirely in line with an Isis policy laid down by Mr. Parsons years ago that the movie patrons of Aspen would get all of the latest improvements in projecting equipment as quickly as they can possibly be installed. In fact Mr. Parson’s idea is that the Isis should lead the demand rather than lag behind.Other fine improvements during the last few years include a complete remodeling of the front and interior with new acoustical ceiling and decoration; a complete set of upholstered theater-type seats; and continuing improvements in projecting equipment. Now with the addition of Cinemascope projecting equipment and screen no finer projecting can be had anywhere than at the Isis.This modern, up-to-date equipment and theatre combined with the policy of getting the best possible films that the movie capacity of Aspen can support gives Aspenite movie goers a lot for the modest 50 cents charged for adult admission.Uranium Hunt Halt Seen If Jeep Use CurtailedBarring unauthorized use of jeeps on either private or public land would “bring to a halt virtually all … prospecting necessary for uranium and oil development,” Henry Hough, publisher of an oil and uranium trade journal declared recently.Restriction of the use of jeeps and trucks to all but established Colorado roads is the subject of a bill introduced in the present session of the Colorado legislature and now being debated.
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