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The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City announced it would buy the historic Utah Theater.  It will one of the anchors of the Downtown Cultural District, along with the Capitol Theater (one-half block away on 200 South) and the proposed Utah Performance Center (just across Main Street) when it houses the Utah Film Center.

Opened in 1920 as the Pantages Theater, the Utah Theater has a colorful history as a focus for arts and culture on Main Street in Salt Lake City. As part of the proposed Arts & Cultural Block, a renovated Utah Theater will be a driving force in bringing vibrant nightlife and entertainment back to Main Street. Combined with the Capitol Theatre and the proposed Utah Performance Center on Main, the new Utah Theater will form the critical mass for a dynamic new cultural center on the blocks between State & West Temple , from 100 South to 200 South. Proposed participants in the Cultural Block include Ballet West (rehearsal space & academy), Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre, the American Film Institute, the Sundance Film Festival, the Children’s Dance Theatre, the SLC Film Center, Spy Hop Productions and the Salt Lake Film Society.  A renovated Utah Theater would preserve the last historic theater still standing in central Salt Lake City.

The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center has turned a crumbling warehouse district on West 300 South into a thriving center of activity with restaurants, clubs, galleries and new housing. The Utah Film Center and the Utah Performance Center will do the same for Main Street.


Utah Theater to house film center (7/15/09) Salt Lake City's Redevelopment Agency agreed Tuesday to buy the historic Utah Theater and neighboring retail spaces for $7 million.

Salt Lake City RDA plans to buy Utah Theater property (7/14/09)
The Salt Lake City Council approved a $7 million plan to purchase the property at 156 S. Main.

Utah Theatre put up for sale
SL Tribune, 8/22/06

SLC as Broadway a hard sell, even in arts circles
SL Tribune, 7/3/06

Plan to build theaters is unrealistic (3/3/06)
Move over, Harold Hill. The consultants who recommend
that Salt Lake County build a glorious new theater for
touring Broadway musicals

Study says SLC could support an arts district
SL Tribune, 2/19/06

Study: Cultural district could draw crowds
SL Tribune, 2/15/06

Would two theaters rejuvenate downtown?
Deseret News, 2/15/06

First stage of theater plan calls for variety
SL Tribune, 12/2/05

Theater plan downsized
Deseret News, 12/2/05

The Utah Theater Website

Can shrinking audience sustain arts district?
Deseret News, 10/19/05

Study predicts downtown boom
SL Tribune, 8/9/05

Proponents committed to culture bloc
Deseret News, 10/11/04

The arts can play a starring role in revitalizing downtowns
S L Tribune, 10/11/04

At Utah Theatre, show may go on after all
S L Tribune, 4/22/04

Plan would revive old Utah Theater
Deseret News, 3/26/04

Developer wants to restore Utah Theatre, but can he?; Theater would book touring shows
S L Tribune, 3/13/04

Study: SL Needs Smallish New Theater (10/22/97)

Facility Concept for new Performing Arts Spaces
Webb Management Services (October 1997)

Does `Phantom' Foreshadow Bigger S.L. Theater?, 5/25/96

West Jordan OKs $1 million for arts center (12/11/09)


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