Esquire Theatre

228 S. State Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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The State Theatre opened in 1928 or perhaps even earlier and was located at 228 S. State Street. In 1949, the theater was operated by Joseph L. Lawrence and David K. Edwards, who also operated the Uptown Theatre and Rialto Theatre, and built the Villa Theatre.

In 1958, the license of the State Theatre was suspended for 60 days because of a “complaint or charge as made by Chief of Police W. Cleon Skousen”. Since then, it was renamed Esquire Theatre. It has been demolished and a large hotel was recently built on the property.

Contributed by Grant Smith, Felix M Martinez

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William
William on December 6, 2003 at 4:17 pm

The State Theatre seated 692 people.

utahguy
utahguy on February 21, 2005 at 8:38 pm

This theater ended its life as The Esquire Theater in the 1970’s. It showed porno at that time. I suppose the change in city ordinances forced its closure, at what date I don’t know.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2008 at 4:32 pm

This site has a photo of the State Theater.

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