Capitol Theatre

50 West 200 South,
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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JeffYates on August 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 27, 2009 at 7:37 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.

CSWalczak on July 26, 2009 at 11:04 pm

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

spectrum on May 26, 2009 at 6:43 am

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

View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Here is a nice recent photo of the Capitol Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 23, 2008 at 10:18 am

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.

kencmcintyre on May 23, 2008 at 9:59 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 23, 2008 at 9:45 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Orpheum Theatre ** (added 1976 – Building – #76002257)
Also known as Capitol Theatre
46 W. 2nd South, Salt Lake City

Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Lansburgh,Albert G.
Architectural Style: Renaissance, Other
Area of Significance: Architecture, Performing Arts
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Owner: Local Gov't
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

vokoban on March 21, 2008 at 10:43 am

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

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 15, 2007 at 8:14 pm

This is a photo of the Capitol Theater.

grimbasement on December 15, 2006 at 8:32 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.

kencmcintyre on February 12, 2006 at 3:58 pm

Here is the official website:
View link

tomdelay on October 4, 2005 at 1:48 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 19, 2005 at 8:28 am

Sounds like your describing my house. :) Seriously, we need someone with a FDYbook to look up this theater and verify the name.

ghamilton on September 19, 2005 at 8:07 am

It’s huge and it sits all boarded up and painted one gray color.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 19, 2005 at 6:48 am

Mr. G….I found a Gen-Website where someone mentioned a Bijou theater located in Weldon, NC. The theater closed in the late 50’s. No address given and no mention of what happened to the theater after it closed.

ghamilton on September 13, 2005 at 3:08 pm

I’m far less fortunate than you.I just stumble across things as I wander the countryside.Challenge for you.There is a huge hulk of an old theater in Weldon,NC,used sometime in the past as a church.What?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 13, 2005 at 2:22 pm

I’m happy that you enjoyed those photos ghamilton. The Utah website is a great site. I’m going to link to alot of photos there. I just have a knack for finding things. I could probably find the Lost Continent of Atlantis if I tried hard enough. It is still lost, isn’t it? :)

ghamilton on September 13, 2005 at 2:00 pm

Thanks for the link to Utah Theater website w/the pics.Grant Smith has done such a great job with this web site.He deserves mucho credit for what he has done.YOU-Mr.Memory are the most remarkable font of facts and pictures.You obviously do not need to up the ginko yet.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 13, 2005 at 12:59 pm

There are photos of the Capitol Theater here.

IvanLincoln on March 20, 2005 at 7:52 pm

The overhead sign was dismantled several years ago and moved to the Trolley Square shopping center on 7th East, with the lettering changed to read … “TROLLEY SQUARE”