Regency Theater

2749 Parleys Way,
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

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madmaxx
madmaxx on February 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

I have many fond memories and made many friends working at the Regency Theater. I worked for Plitt for over six years starting at the Regency when I was sixteen. I remember many shows like “Midnight Express”, “Close Encounters”, “Porky’s” (We had police checking ID’s) and “Battlestar Galactica” with something like fifty rear seats removed to accommodate the large sub-woofers installed just for that movie. The whole building shook. It was amazing! We had some great midnight shows too like “The Song Remains the Same” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It was a great place to work.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 28, 2010 at 5:51 am

July 19th, 1972 grand opening ad is at View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm

The Regency Theatre was featured in an article in the Modern Theatre section of Boxoffice Magazine, November 13, 1972. The building included second floor offices for the Salt Lake City division of ABC-Intermountain Theatres. The Technicote XR 171 screen was 22'x50'. The booth featured a 35/70mm Century projection system, and multi-channel sound was by Electro Sound.

op712
op712 on April 3, 2005 at 12:41 am

Do we remember 1975? The year that “Jaws” began what was called “the summer blockbuster” movies? One can still remember the parking lot just crammed with cars of car owners filling the Regency to see Steven Spielberg’s shark movie at this famous theatre. Yes, I saw “Close Encounters” and “TRON” at the Regency. I would drive down from E. Idaho to see many movies at the Regency.

utahguy
utahguy on February 21, 2005 at 6:02 pm

The Regency was built with an undeveloped area beneath the lobby and auditorium for use as a second theater. It had doors and windows to the outside (west side) and you could look in a see a big field of large gravel rocks. If anyone asked, they were told “that’s where the other theater will be.” It never was.

utahguy
utahguy on February 21, 2005 at 5:53 pm

The Regency Theatre was opened by ABC Intermountain Theaters in 1971. I worked there as an assistant manager in 1977. When Close Encounters played, the projectionist and a few other employees made a big silver flying saucer out of plywood and Visqueen to display on the roof, hauled it up there, and it stayed there for a few years because no one could figure out an easy way of getting it down.