2749 Parleys Way,
Salt Lake City,
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The Regency Theater, built by Plitt Theaters and opened July 19, 1972, had about 800 seats and a curved screen that was at least 60 feet wide.
The auditorium was covered with dark draperies and had two voice-of-the-theater surround speakers, one in each back corner. The local Plitt offices were located above the lobby by the projection room. Because of its location at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon, inexperienced moviegoers had a difficult and often frustrating time locating the theater.
The Regency Theater was one of the best places in Salt Lake to see a 70mm film, such as “Close Encounters” or “Alien”. When downtown Salt Lake flooded in 1983, the 70mm print of “Return of the Jedi” was temporarily moved from the Centre Theater to the Regency Theater. Showings of the restored “Lawrence of Arabia” in 70mm were so full that many couples on dates had to be split up so they could sit in separate parts of the auditorium.
Shortly after the demolition of the Centre Theater in 1989, Cineplex Odeon changed the Regency Theater into a dollar theater. Sometime in 1989 or 1990, the theater closed permanently.
It was later remodeled into a three-story office building. During this process, the side and end walls of the auditorium were demolished and replaced, but the lobby and corner walls of the auditorium remained.
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