Capitol Theatre

50 West 200 South,
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Capitol Theatre

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Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the Capitol Theatre opened on August 2, 1913.

Designed by Albert G. Lansburgh, who had graduated from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, the Capitol Theatre was orginally built as part of the Orpheum Theatre chain.

It utilized the most modern mechanical contrivances of its time, bringing advancements in safety and comfort through such features as fireproof and earthquake-resistant construction and air conditioning.

The building was remodeled in 1929 as a motion picture theater and operated successfully for decades. In 1976, the theater was purchased by Salt Lake County and restored closely to its original form.

Today, this historic landmark is the home of Ballet West, Utah opera, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. The theater also hosts world class Broadway productions community arts education programs.

Contributed by Grant Smith

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tomdelay
tomdelay on October 4, 2005 at 3:48 pm

The Capitol Theatre’s original Wurlitzer pipe organ, still in-place, is a 2 manual 10 rank style H without a piano, opus 1689 shipped from North Tonawanda, NY to the theatre on 7/30/27. When the theatre was restored many years ago, a Trumpet was added to the organ’s specification giving the organ 11 ranks of pipes. The Wurlitzer shipment list shows the theatre as “Orpheum” in 1927.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 12, 2006 at 5:58 pm

Here is the official website:
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grimbasement
grimbasement on December 15, 2006 at 10:32 am

I have to say I was pretty disappointed with the restoration Salt Lake County did. I saw a stage production in 2003 (granted 25 years after the restoration) but it really seemed to have been a refurbishment instead of a restoration. Bottom line the county did the work on the cheap and it shows.

vokoban
vokoban on March 21, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I don’t know if this is the correct theater for this news story although it says also known as Orpheum at the top of the page…..

(Feb. 7, 1931) LA Times

THEATER’S HEAD DIES FROM FALL
SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 6. (AP)—— Grant Pemberton, 34-year-old manager of the R.-K.-O-Orpheum Theater here, died today from injuries suffered two days ago when he slipped from the roof of the theater and plunged three stories to the pavement. Pemberton was supervising hanging of a sign from the roof when workmen said he apparently became dizzy and fell as he attempted to descend a ladder.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 23, 2008 at 11:59 am

I don’t think tickets.com is the official website. The one I posted has been changed:
http://tinyurl.com/5qxqeh

spectrum
spectrum on May 26, 2009 at 8:43 am

Here is what is probably the most official website – – The Capitol is park of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts:

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 27, 2009 at 1:04 am

Here’s an updated link to the one posted by spectrum on May26, 2009:
http://www.slccfa.org/venue_capitol.asp

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Nice looking theatre,too bad no one hardly has vertical signs anymore.The old one looked great.

JeffYates
JeffYates on August 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm

It was also featured on “Paranormal Witness” on Syfy, though I don’t think the actual theater was used for the episode.

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