Centre Theater

299 South State Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Centre Theatre

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The Centre Theater, which opened December 24, 1937, was considered one of Salt Lake’s finest examples of Art Deco style architecture. One of its most unique features was the 90-foot tower located above the theater.

When the Centre Theater opened it had 1,623 seats, but installation of a 56-foot wide screen in 1959 reduced seating to 1,174.

In 1989, Cineplex Odeon let its lease run out so the owners could demolish the building. A new office tower was built on the site, along with a bland six-screen multiplex.

Contributed by Grant Smith

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 31, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Here is a 1972 robbery case. Theater is spelled “Center”, but clearly is just a typo:
http://tinyurl.com/2ojsta

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

The Centre can be seen on the right in this 1958 photo:
http://tinyurl.com/cedks8

SSmyth
SSmyth on July 2, 2009 at 8:14 am

Having managed the Centre Theatre from 1967 through 1969 at a time when reserved seating was sold for many of the attractions (such as “Hawaii”, “The Happiest Millionaire”, “Camelot” and “Patton”, I can postively state that the seat count listed above is incorrect.

After some of the seats were removed when the Cinemascope screen was installed in front of the proscenium arch, there were 912 seats remaining on the main floor. There were 332 seats in the loge, creating a total seat count of 1,244

carolgrau
carolgrau on February 8, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Nice photos of the old booth,, Good old Brenkart Enarc Lamps, they were what I learned to run movies with in Pa… Old classic Simplex projectors and Brenkart enarc lamps… I also remember running Star Wars in the Warner in Pittsburgh, Pa. A few years later the Warner would be gone,, What a shame…

rivest266
rivest266 on February 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Grand opening article and ads from December 23rd, 1937 is at View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I remember playing “WAIT UNTIL DARK” for a week as a filler back in the late seventies,the trailer seemed as scary as the film.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Marquees were done by someone who cared,Great pictures,All.

Tiggsme2
Tiggsme2 on October 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

SSmyth, I have a question for you. I have two of the seats from the theatre before it was torn down! They are two of the end seats, do you remember the colors of the paint of the sides? I want to restore them back to original condition!

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