Uptown Theatre

53 S. Main Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Paramount Empress Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah in 1920

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Opened as the Empress Theatre, it was later renamed the Paramount Empress Theatre, Paramount Theatre, and finally Uptown Theatre.

The theatre was demolished to make way for the ZCMI Center shopping mall. Because of concerns from the mall’s owner, LDS Church, about the showing of R-rated movies, a new theatre was not built to replace the Uptown Theatre. The mall is also closed on Sundays.

Contributed by Grant Smith

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

William
William on December 6, 2003 at 7:20 pm

The Uptown Theatre seated 1380 people.

pianoman
pianoman on December 24, 2004 at 10:12 am

A picture of this one is in the GREAT book The New Let There Be Neon,p.107.

deleted user
[Deleted] on May 1, 2005 at 9:50 pm

What a shame this theatre was demolished.

utahguy
utahguy on July 17, 2007 at 10:40 pm

The ZCMI Center is being demolished, as far as I know, in the big downtown re-do that the LDS Church is doing.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 17, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Here is an article about the demise of the Uptown. Date is 7/21/71:
http://tinyurl.com/6zjx5r

rivest266
rivest266 on February 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Marcus Loew’s taken it over on September 11th, 1914
ad is at View link

rivest266
rivest266 on February 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm

The ad that ronp mentioned on June 6th, 2009 can be seen at View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm

The Uptown can be seen in this night shot circa 1950s:
http://tinyurl.com/y9z9b8j

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Henry Fonda had a nice run with “THE MAN WHO UNDERSTOOD WOMEN” here at the UPTOWN in October of 1959.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

Here’s a view of the Paramount Empress in a 1920 trade journal: archive

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