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Strange scene at Aspen’s Isis Theater

Charles Agar
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Some moviegoers linger long after the credits stop rolling, but at Aspen’s Isis Theater on Friday, three men allegedly took it to a new level.

At 8:45 a.m. on Friday, an Isis employee dialed 911 after spotting three men holed up in a downstairs theater at the Hopkins Avenue address.

Police arrested Ryan Amonds, 21, Jesse Amonds, 20, and Louis Ulsvells, 33, for trespassing, according to Aspen police Sgt. Bill Linn. The men were taken to Pitkin County jail.

“There was some alcohol involved,” Linn said.

Ulsvells was issued a municipal ticket for misdemeanor trespassing. The Amonds brothers, who both have cases pending in Pitkin County courts, will go before a county judge, Linn said.

“One of the lower doors did not get fully closed,” said Robert Johnson, Isis manager, adding that he wasn’t sure who left the door open, but that it could have been construction workers from the new retail space in the Isis building.

“Some kids just came in and were sitting in one of the theaters,” Johnson said. “I had heard that they tried to do it before. … We were watching for them.”

The men did not spend the night, Johnson said. One of his employees alleges the trio entered the theater shortly before Isis staff called the police.

“We have a lot of homeless people from time to time that try to stay overnight,” Johnson said, and Isis staff make regular checks of the theater at the end of each shift to check for people hiding under seats.

“We’ve been watching it a lot more closely lately,” Johnson said.

Linn said people regularly sneak into local buildings, but he was surprised to see three men in movie seats with no movie playing.

“That’s a new one on me,” Linn said.

cagar@aspentimes.com


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