Utah (Pantages) Theater Lecture

August 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Via Zoom

Preservation Utah is excited to provide an in depth lecture on the rich history of the Pantages Theater - now known as the Utah Theater, by our Executive Director David Amott. This theater has marked Salt Lake City’s Main Street for over a century and at present is only one of two remaining historic theaters of Salt Lake City.

Alexander Pantages was born in Greece in 1867. An American Vaudeville and early motion picture producer and impresario, he created a large and powerful circuit of theaters that catered to affordable entertainment. Beginning 1911, Pantages became a builder of theaters all over the western U. S. and Canada. His favored architecture and the architect of this theater was B. Marcus Priteca (1881-1971), who devised an exotic, neo-classical exterior and Beaux Arts interior with elaborate decorative garlands, floral patterns, and shields of decorative plaster covering wall surfaces that his employer called “Pantages Greek.” The original Pantages Theater (c.1872) was located at 44 East Broadway and moved to this location November 1, 1919 when construction was completed. Join us on August 4th to learn more!

The event is open to the public. We recommend a $5 donation to attend.

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