Tuesday, October 19, 2010

FREE Tour Of Utah Historic Theater

Join the Utah Heritage Foundation on Saturday, October 23 to tour one of downtown Salt Lake's landmarks: the Utah Theater, formerly the Pantages II at 148 South Main Street. Doors will open for three hours, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  to view the interior of the historic theater and consider how it's  rehabilitation integrates it into downtown's cultural district.  This event is free, open all ages, no RSVP is required, and is sponsored by the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency and Utah Heritage Foundation.

The Utah Theater, also known as the Pantages and the Orpheum, was once a jewel of Main Street. It was built in 1918, and originally housed vaudeville performances, but it later became a film theater. In the 1960's a floor was added by Intermountain Theaters to convert the balcony into a second auditorium according to utahtheaterinfo.com. Unfortunately, in the process much of the original ornamentation in the auditorium was lost. Other changes were made throughout the years to accommodate its evolving use sparing some decoration and losing others.

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