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Capitol Theatre

2001 Photo from the Grant Smith collection.
50 W 200 S
Salt Lake City UT 84101
(801) 323-6800

Live Theatre
Record #16704  
 Opened: 1913
Capacity: 1750 seats
Architect(s): G Albert Lansburgh
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: 2/11 Wurlitzer
 Also Known As: Orpheum

Information for this tour was contributed by Grant Smith.

Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the Capitol Theatre opened in 1913.

Designed by G. Albert Lansburgh, who had graduated from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, the Capitol Theatre was orginally built as part of the Orpheum Theatre chain.

It utilized the most modern mechanical contrivances of its time, bringing advancements in safety and comfort through such features as fireproof and earthquake-resistant construction and air conditioning.

The building was remodeled in 1929 as a motion picture theater and operated successfully for decades. In 1976, the theater was purchased by Salt Lake County and restored closely to its original form.

Today, this historic landmark is the home of Ballet West, Utah opera, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. The theater also hosts world class Broadway productions community arts education programs.

The arch that stood over 200 South in front of the Capitol Theatre now
stands over the north entrance of the Trolley Square Mall parking lot.

 Photos remain the property of the Member and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Member.

May 2004 photos from the Grant Smith collection.

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July 2001 photos from the Grant Smith collection.

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April 1973 photos from the Salt Lake Tribune collection.

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