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Escalante Showhouse 1930

Escalante Showhouse is the round-top building on the left. Notice the ticket gate in the center and the posters on the right.

Entertainment in the rural village of Escalante, Utah, has always centered around music and dancing beginning in 1904 with the old “Star Hall”, which served as the original movie theater.  Community members and visitors looked forward to Saturday Night town gatherings and entertainment.

In 1938 Lorin Griffin built the original “Show House” at 50 North Main Street.  During construction, Lorin would trade the local kids popcorn and tickets to the movies for “pretty rocks” – petrified wood – which covers the stucco facade today.  Restoration will include restoring the original facade stucco and then replacing all the “pretty rocks” with the final coat.

Remodeled Showhouse

Remodeled Showhouse

Star Hall was demolished in 1945. leaving the Show House as the only source of town center fun.  Movies were shown here every week by DeRay Porter.  In the mid 60’s Lorin’s health turned bad and the Show House was purchased by Gail Bailey.  Lorin’s son ran it until the mid 60’s.

Ownership has changed several times until 2013, when it was purchased by Jenifer and Shannon Steed, Owners of the Wild West Retreat and Cowboy Cookouts.