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

Recent comments (view all 25 comments)

kencmcintyre on May 23, 2008 at 12:59 pm

I don’t think is the official website. The one I posted has been changed:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I don’t think is the official website for any theater. LOL

There was another Orpheum Theater in Salt Lake City. Its listed here as the Promised Valley Playhouse. Since the LA Times article posted on Mar 21, 2008 is from 1931, it most likely applies to this theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Here is a nice recent photo of the Capitol Theater.

spectrum on May 26, 2009 at 9:43 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 on July 27, 2009 at 2:04 am

Here’s an updated link to the one posted by spectrum on May26, 2009:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 27, 2009 at 10:37 am

Good luck getting an answer to that question Chuck. The only answer that I’ve ever received has been “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel.

TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm

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

JeffYates on August 23, 2012 at 12:14 am

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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