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Photograph of Utah theater owners

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8952

Scope and Contents

Single photograph and unexplained photocopy of enlarged postcard related to this advertisement of the Edison Type B projector for the Florence Film Exchange. Dated approximately 1912.


  • approximately 1912


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Photograph of Utah theater owners must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Max Florence (July 16, 1865 – November 26, 1932) was an entrepreneur and bootleggerprimarily in the American West.

Florence was born in Lithuania in 1865 and emigrated to the United States in his early 20s. He made his initial fortune in the gold rush of 1890 in Cripple Creek, CO. He was involved in movies, restaurants, bootlegging, and farming in Utah. He owned the Florence Film Exchange. He owned 54 theaters in Utah. He is well-known for obtaining clandestinely taken photographs of the Salt Lake Temple interior and unsuccessfully attempting to blackmail the LDS church with them.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Photograph of individuals involved with prominent theaters in Utah, advertising the Edison type B film projector.

Custodial History

Purchased from A.J. Allen in 2016. Allen sold photograph as a "news service" photograph.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; A.J. Allen; 2016.


Arts and Communications.

Processing Information

Processed; Mary-Celeste Ricks; 2016.

Register of Photograph of Utah theater owners
Mary-Celeste Ricks
13 December 2016
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Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States