Desert Star Playhouse

4861 South State Street,
Murray, UT 84107

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In 1923, Torrance Duvall purchased the Iris apartment building and built a small adjacent theater named the Gem.

In 1930, Duvall demolished the Gem and replaced it with the much larger New Iris Theater.

In 1954, Duvall sold the Iris Apartments and the New Iris Theater to the Sid Horman Construction Company. Horman subsequently sold the buildings to Arthur Proctor, and the name of the theater was soon changed to the Vista.

Since then, ownership has changed several times and the New Iris is now known as the Desert Star Playhouse.

Contributed by Grant Smith

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William
William on December 6, 2003 at 1:45 pm

When the Iris Theatre was a movie theatre it seated 520 people.

mlitsonata
mlitsonata on February 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm

According to their website – this building has two theaters now and I’m not sure which one, or both, were the New Iris Theater. They are both at the same location and they both look old in the interior pictures but who knows. The first it the Desert Star Playhouse with 256 seats. This one has a cabaret setup with tables and chairs. The second is the Desert Star Dinner Theater with 223 seats. These seats are along looong tables that every eats at. The tables have chairs only along one side of course, the chairs facing the stage.

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