Capitol Theatre

50 W. 200 South,
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Previously operated by: Orpheum Circuit, Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: Clifford Evans, G. Albert Lansburgh, R.E. Powers, Taylor Woolley

Firms: Woolley & Evans

Functions: Performing Arts

Styles: Italian Renaissance

Previous Names: Orpheum Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 801.323.6800

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Capitol Theatre

Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the Capitol Theatre opened on August 2, 1913.

Designed by Albert G. 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 1927 to the plans of architectural firm Woolley & Evans, reopening on September 29, 1927 as a motion picture theatre and operated successfully for decades. The re-opening movie was Bebe Daniels in “"Swim Girl, Swim”. There was a Fanchon & Marco stage show “Screens Idea” and Alexander Schreiner opened the Wurlitzer organ, plus Alberti & His Band. By the early-1940’s it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Tracy Barham. In 1976, the theatre 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.

Contributed by Grant Smith

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

grimbasement on December 15, 2006 at 8:32 am

I have to say I was pretty disappointed with the restoration Salt Lake County did. I saw a stage production in 2003 (granted 25 years after the restoration) but it really seemed to have been a refurbishment instead of a restoration. Bottom line the county did the work on the cheap and it shows.

vokoban on March 21, 2008 at 10:43 am

I don’t know if this is the correct theater for this news story although it says also known as Orpheum at the top of the page…..

(Feb. 7, 1931) LA Times

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 6. (AP)—— Grant Pemberton, 34-year-old manager of the R.-K.-O-Orpheum Theater here, died today from injuries suffered two days ago when he slipped from the roof of the theater and plunged three stories to the pavement. Pemberton was supervising hanging of a sign from the roof when workmen said he apparently became dizzy and fell as he attempted to descend a ladder.

kencmcintyre on May 23, 2008 at 9:59 am

I don’t think is the official website. The one I posted has been changed:

spectrum on May 26, 2009 at 6:43 am

Here is what is probably the most official website – – The Capitol is park of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts:

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CSWalczak on July 26, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Here’s an updated link to the one posted by spectrum on May26, 2009:

TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Nice looking theatre,too bad no one hardly has vertical signs anymore.The old one looked great.

JeffYates on August 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

It was also featured on “Paranormal Witness” on Syfy, though I don’t think the actual theater was used for the episode.

TLSLOEWS on February 14, 2018 at 11:49 am

Is the arched street sign still there,anyone know?

Trolleyguy on February 15, 2018 at 6:53 am

No, it’s gone. Google Streetview of June 2017 shows it has been removed.

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