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Redford Behind ‘Sundance’ Theatres

August 28, 1998

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ The Sundance Kid doesn’t have a monopoly on the name.

Robert Redford, who played the outlaw in ``Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid″ and uses the name on his Utah-based Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Institute, plans to start a chain of Sundance movie theaters, with one of them to be in Fort Worth.

But theaters owned by Ed Bass already are named Sundance _ so Redford’s attorneys wrote to him, saying they wanted the name Sundance removed.

Bass and his brothers, who are developers, took Redford to federal court, claiming they had used the Sundance name in Texas since at least 1981. Redford started his Sundance Institute in 1980.

Under an agreement approved Wednesday, the Bass brothers can use the Sundance name on movie theaters in 13 counties in Texas and Oklahoma, including the Fort Worth area. Redford can use it anywhere else.

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