Salt Lake’s Utah Theater purchased by city for film center
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The Utah Theater, a 1919 B. Marcus Priteca gem, will be purchased by the City of Salt Lake as part of a plan to create an arts district. Renovation costs are estimated at $25 million. Several film groups hope to utilize the facility after renovations are completed.
SLC Film Center, Salt Lake Film Society and youth-media-educator Spy Hop Productions hope to occupy the building. The three groups have worked together to create a vision for the film center, which could include screening rooms, studio space, film archives and media-arts exhibits. It also could provide space to visiting movie productions.
“The dream would be that it’s a facility for film and filmmakers, film production, film exhibition and … next generation storytellers,” said Geralyn Dreyfous, executive director of SLC Film Center, which screens flicks at Salt Lake City’s Main Library and other locations.
This article from the Salt Lake Tribune has more information and pictures.
Finally… it’s about time and this place is right at Temple Square where the electric street cars pass!
For five photos, scroll down on the SLC Tribune story. Nothing too spectacular but this old lady must have been magnificent in its heyday! At least the city’s glorious Capitol Theatre is open.