Uptown Theatre

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

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Uptown Theatre

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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

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William on December 7, 2003 at 12:20 am

The Uptown Theatre seated 1380 people.

pianoman on December 24, 2004 at 3:12 pm

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

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[Deleted] on May 2, 2005 at 2:50 am

What a shame this theatre was demolished.

utahguy on July 18, 2007 at 3:40 am

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

kencmcintyre on November 18, 2008 at 3:17 am

Here is an article about the demise of the Uptown. Date is 7/21/71:

rivest266 on February 22, 2010 at 11:38 pm

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

rivest266 on February 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

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

kencmcintyre on March 19, 2010 at 12:00 am

The Uptown can be seen in this night shot circa 1950s:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

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

OCRon on May 9, 2017 at 2:46 am

The Ten Commandments may have been one of the longer running films in Salt Lake history, running nearly eight months in its initial run at the Uptown from March 7 to May 27, 1957 and then the Rialto, especially redecorated for its reprise, from June 7 to October 28, 1957.

In 1958 It returned to the South East and Murray from March 30 to April 12. It played the Queen in Bountiful From April 10 to April 22 and the Arcade from April 16 to April 29.

The Ten Commandments, as noted on the Oak Hills Drive-In page, came back again to the three drive-ins from July 2 to July 15, 1958

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