Egyptian Theater

328 Main Street,
Park City, UT 84060

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Egyptian Box Office

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In the early 1900’s Park City’s social and entertainment needs were served by a number of flourishing theaters and social halls. When the Dewey Theater, originally on this site, collapsed under a heavy snow load, John Rugar replaced it with the Egyptian Theater built in 1926. It was designed to seat 400 and to accommodate both movies and vaudeville. It became the first "sound movie" theater in Park City.

After being remodeled in 1963, the building opened as the Silver Wheel Theater, and old fashioned "meller dramas" were performed for the next fifteen years. In 1978 the building’s architectural integrity was threatened by an attempt to change its facade to a western motif. Preservation of its distinctive Egyptian features was achieved, however, when the building became the home of Park City Performances in 1981.

The Egyptian Revival Style represents a unique period architecture which peaked in America around 1930. Egyptian theaters are rare, and this is one of only two remaining in Utah. Originally the interior contained replicas of Egyptian artifacts. This is a masonry structure with a false front shielding its hip roof. Tiles at the base of the ticket booth and pilasters in obelisk shape reinforce the Egyptian motif.

(From a historical marker presented by the Park City Centennial Commission)

In 1998, the Egyptian was underwent a $5 million remodeling and seating was reduced to 266.

Contributed by Grant Smith, Jeff Timmons

Recent comments (view all 23 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 2, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Here is a recent photo of the Egyptian Theater at night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 28, 2008 at 8:02 am

Another recent close-up view can be seen here.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 23, 2009 at 7:11 am

A recent night view can be found here:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 9, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Another 2009 photo can be seen here.

kencmcintyre on April 11, 2009 at 11:26 am

Here is a 2006 photo from Life magazine:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 11, 2009 at 11:35 am

Was it snowing or does that photo have poor color?

TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm

From the pictures it looks like the vertical EGYPTIAN sign rotates,pretty cool,nice looking.

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