Harry B. Ashton Named Manager of Villa Theater
Deseret News, 19 December 1949, 8F
HARRY B. ASHTON - a theater manager who has spent nearly his entire life
in [missing text] - Monday was named manager of the new Villa Theater
at 3000 Highland Drive.
In addition to his new assignment in the Joseph L. Lawrence - David K.
Edwards organization, Ashton will supervise operations of the Uptown Theater
which he has managed for the past seven and one-half years, and continue
to have charge of all advertising for the theater circuit.
Harry was born in Woodruff, Utah, a son of Mrs. John B. Asthon, who resides
today at 13 East South Temple St., Salt [missing text] and the late John
B. [missing text] Harry 's father was one of the [missing text] showmen
of Utah, owning some of the first nickelodeon house in the state and also
manageing theater [missing text] Provo. He also built the Paramount in
AFTER WORKING for his father's theaters for several years, Harry became
associated with the L. Marcus Enterprises of Ogden and Provo and worked
in several capacities in their theaters. He then joined Fox Theaters and
went to Denver with them in managerial capacities. Thirteen years later,
he returned to Salt Lake as manager of the Uptown.
Mr. and Mrs. Ashton have two daughters, Mr.s Ernest Andrasik and Mrs.
Homer McDonald, both of Denver, and two grandchildren.
Harry is familiar to Salt Lake showgoers as one of the first theater
managers of Utah to wear a tuxedo, which is sometimes set off with a flower
in the lapel.