Centre Theater

299 S. State Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Intermountain Theatres, Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: Percy A. Eisen, A. R. Walker

Firms: Ashton & Evans, Walker & Eisen

Styles: Art Deco

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The Centre Theater was opened December 24, 1937 with Carole Lombard & Fred MacMurray in “True Confession”. It 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. It was built by Paramount Pictures Inc. and Intermountain Theatres. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Tracy Barham.

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

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

SSmyth on July 2, 2009 at 6:14 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 on February 8, 2010 at 8:58 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 on February 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 7:12 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 7:13 pm

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

Tiggsme2 on October 13, 2011 at 8:10 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!

In3rdmillennium on December 7, 2015 at 5:18 am

I saw Star Wars for the 1st time here. 1977. Stood in line with my friends. I still remember sitting inside and after a few minutes, the image of that huge battle cruiser making it’s screen debut chasing after the smaller ship. It was AWESOME!!! Also remember seeing the remastered Beatles Hard Days Night with my friends here too. Good memories :)

DavidZornig on June 12, 2018 at 10:04 pm

1958 photo added via Bill Kelder.

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