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Brewvies theater temporarily closed after damaging burglary

By Mark Shenefelt - | Sep 27, 2022

Mark Shenefelt, Standard-Examiner

Brewvies Cinema Pub, 2293 Grant Ave. in Ogden, was burglarized Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. It is shown here on Monday, Sept. 26.

OGDEN — The Brewvies Cinema Pub in downtown Ogden has closed temporarily after a break-in last week caused extensive damage.

Widespread damage was inflicted in the business and numerous items were stolen, Lt. William Farr, Ogden Police Department spokesperson, said Tuesday. He declined to give more specifics because the case is under investigation. No arrests have been made, he said.

KSTU reported that several employees said over the weekend that they were going on strike, alleging unsafe working conditions, after the burglary.

Efforts to reach Randy Miller, owner of the Brewvies locations in Ogden and Salt Lake City, were not immediately successful. A man who answered the door at the Ogden theater on Monday said no one could speak about the burglary or other trouble. The marquee said, “Temporarily closed, machine failure.”

The Utah Occupational Safety and Health Division in May received a complaint about possible safety hazards at the Brewvies location in Ogden, Utah Labor Commission spokesperson Eric Olsen said Monday.

“Brewvies was cited for violations of workplace safety standards,” Olsen said by email. “UOSH is monitoring the progress of the abatement efforts and following up with verification that abatement is completed in a manner that complies with current safety standards.”

He said he had no comment about the reported labor dispute because the Labor Commission has received no complaints about Brewvies since the May violations. The commission would not get involved unless new complaints were reported, he said.

A citation and notification of penalty issued by UOSH in June found three serious violations and one less-than-serious violation at the Ogden theater.

In the projector booth, an electrical machine was hardwired to the building’s electrical system and the splice was unguarded, uninsulated and with energized conductors, a report of the first serious violation said.

A second serious violation existed with a breaker box in the projector booth missing several circuit breakers, potentially allowing access to energized parts.

The third cited serious violation involved a series of junction boxes and light switches in the projector room with exposed, energized wiring.

A less-than-serious violation was Theater No. 1 being used as a storage room, “full of random clutter with no clear passageways.”

UOSH assessed a $1,500 penalty for the first serious violation.

The agency defines a serious violation as “a condition, practice, method, operation, or process in the workplace of which the employer knows or should know through the exercise of reasonable diligence” and that the problem presents a substantial possibility that it “could result in death or serious physical harm.”

A less-that-serious issue is “a hazardous condition which would probably not cause death or serious physical harm, but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and health of employees.”


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