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Regency Theatre

2749 Parleys Way
Salt Lake City UT 84109

Closed
Record #1603  
 Opened: July 19, 1972
 Closed: 1990
 Current Use:
 Demolished:
Capacity: 780 seats
Architect(s): Henry George Green & Assoc
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: ABC Intermountain Theatres, Plitt Theatres, Cineplex Odeon Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Grant Smith.

The Regency Theatre opened on 19 July 1972 with the Intermountain area premiere of Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers." The "completely draped auditorium" [1] featured "orange, red and gold decor" [2], "780 widely spaced, rocking chair and lounge type seats", [1] and a "curtain that rotates around the screen rather than gathers at the side" [1]. The theater had "specially designed acoustics and the most advanced electronic sound equipment the industry has yet developed." [1]

The 26,000-square-foot steel frame and masonry block building cost about $750,000 and was "elevated above a spacious parking area and set off by a circular ramp that actually gains entrance to the parking lot. The area within the ramp will be fountained and gardened, adding to the design." [1] ABC Intermountain Theatres, and later Pliit Theaters, had offices on the third floor of the building.

Construction began in September 1971, with John Price Associates, Inc. as general contractor. Woodbury-Morris Co., was the developer of the property. The theater was designed by Henry George Green & Associates, New York City. [1]

In June 1989 the Regency Theatre become a dollar house. [3]

Cineplex Odeon closed the Regency in March 1990. The building was later gutted and rebuilt as a three-story office building.

1. "Opening Slated for Regency Theatre", Salt Lake Tribune, 12 July 1972, Page B25
2. "Salt Lake Welcomes Regency Theatre", 20 July 1972, Salt Lake Tribune, page B11
3. "Disney, SCERA Theater Celebrate 50-Year Association", Deseret News, 5 July 1989, Page C1

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