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I advocated here previously for a SEPERATE listing of REAL MOVIE PALACES that show REGULARLY scheduled films,notjust the occassional old movie or film festival.By the way,go to the Byrd website to learn about the big fund raising gala coming soon.
I would call the style “GEORGIAN”>
I have walked around this building several times.It appears to be very sound,but little used by some civic club.Would be a great venue for a summer playhouse and classic movie vemue,due to the HUGE amount of summer tourism in this scenic Eire Canal village.Being the 2nd most popular historical area for tourism related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,you have a huge deluge of tourists in the summer months.During the two week span of a mind-blowing out door drama there,you could have turn-away crowds,but the steady stream for several months would make for a valid idea.The “night life” in the area is almost nil,so such a project might be a doable.
Sure looks similar to the one at Ft.Douglas,Ut.
Drove by this theater today,while looking for the PO.Going strong,obviously.This is such a cute little city,it belongs in the movies itself.
Mr.Memory,You ARE the marvel of mystic oracles.I am always in awe of your ability to pull up knowledge others just don’t have.I think of you each time I pass the Byrd.HEY! We should schedule a movie party there.
I got some great shots of this theater from Twig’s OLD ROANOKE website and directly from him.It had a double balcony and LOOKED bigger than the stated seating number.It looked magnifecent.I know it was gone by 1960.There was another real beauty very near on Campbell,the Academy.(or Music Academy?)
WELL,A group of friends went this past eve.to see the NEVILLE BROTHERS in concert.Of,course the theater was the thing for me-although the concert was fabulous.
I have to say that,while a work in progress,the place is a thing of extreme beauty.The workmanship is awesome to behold.It is obvious that today’s custodians are aware of their stewardship.Gibsons resteraunt is not open yet,but when open,will enhance the evening,for sure.If they could get the sound system a bit better tuned in,that would add a LOT to the experience.
All in all,a great new asset to the area.A blast to all the senses.I really appreciate the effort.My only suggestion would be to add seats at the rear of the downstars.
YES!! It would be a crime if the UTAH is not saved,intact and brought back to it’s deserved glory.AS the number of grand houses worth saving-or savable in a practicalsense,dwindles down rapidly,the UTAH has to be at that top tier of such projects in the entire country.Some savable sites have now gone past saving or are in places that have not the will or resources to save them-like the heart-breaking FABIAN in the horrendous heck-hole,that is Paterson,NJ-BUT there is no NO legit excuses for not turning the UTAH into a real triumph.I go to the NATIONAL Friday night to celebrate its new life with the Neville Brothers.I’ll come to the UTAH,on one of my frequent SLC trips-just GET'ER DONE!!!
Big articles in yesterday’s SL Trib & Deseret News on proposals to turn the place into a Broadway venue.The city is now in a race with the city of Sandy,to nail down the 2,500 seat class Broadway setting.The time is NOW to move and I hope the new mayor really stays on this.
PRECISELY,oh wise,all knowing one.How do you get the powers behind this great site to edit the headings?
TIME TO CHANGE HEADING TO “OPEN”!!!!! 8 pm Fri.The lights go up and Dark Star Orchestra is opening act for this new chapter.I already have my tickets for Neville Bros.on Mar.7.Today’s WEEKEND section in Rich Times-Dispatch has great article,with layouts and pictures.
I get cousin Gary right on it.
SO-Is the theater now apartments?
I’ve seen a lot worse returned to use and glory.The sin of this great relic is its location.The curse of E.S.L.will probably be fatal,in the end.I drove past it a few weeks ago.I didn’t even turn my head to look.It really saddens me.
Of course,it may have just been Mr.Memory they encountered.I’m convinced he COULD NOT be human and come up with the spooky stuff he uncovers.
HEY!!!Did anyone notice the article in the 10-30-issue of the RICHMOND-TIMES DISPATCH about the ghost and the ghost hunters' adventures in the Byrd over night while having strange experiences.a REAL TREAT.
I HAVE BEEN TO THIS THEATER ABOUT 6 TIMES,BUT why,or why,are NEWER theaters being listed.Multiplexes are not in keeping with the spirit of this site’s origins,I thought.I wish there was a seperate listing,perhaps,for new theaters.i wish there was a seperate section for grand,old theaters that still show MOVIES,like the Byrd and Commodore.
THIS is the one I mentioned several years ago in a comment on another Tal.theater.I stopped while riding my bike across town to look at the weird cars at the Fiat dealer nxt door.
Think how many cities would give anything to have a treasure like the Utah left.So many cities thoughtlessly let their last great houses go under the wrecking bar.I thought that a really far sighted group could even do what was done with the NORVA in Norfolk or IS BEING DONE NOW to the fabulous NATIONAL in Richmond-see the entries.I make not ,personally,like everything about the National project,but the concept is a proven success and SLC could surely support the venue of that type.No city of its size ONCE had the unreal collection of magfeakin' downtown theaters and the fate of the Urah has bugged me for many years.As someone who once lived in downtown,took dates to all the ones in the core,the memories are precious,the knowledge of what was lost sit heavy.I am priviledged to go to a REAL movie palace to a movie at my leisure(the BYRD),something the majority in the country can not imagine now.That is the trasgedy.
Sat.9-1 Richmond Times-Dispatch had another BIOG article on the restoration/remodeling of said hous.Great picture from stage looking out.Some of the things being done are SO WRONG,but,hey,I didn’t have 10 million to do it different.
This is a beautiful building that MUST be seen to be believed.So elegant,This community must support this great venue.
GREAT picture on front page of today’s Times-Dispatch,of interior work.Article on the project is in sec.B.
HEY! Wasn’t the exterior of the Grandin used in the movie “Crazy People”??
Notice the first pic is the outside entrance to the massive,double balconied Roanoke Theater.Wish I could find out more about it.