Off Broadway Theatre

272 S. Main Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Plitt Theatres, Trolley Theaters

Functions: Live Performances

Previous Names: Kinema Theater, Rialto Theater, Midtown Trolly Theater, Broadway Stage Theatre, Broadway Family Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 801.355.4628

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Off Broadway Theatre

Originally called the Kinema Theater when it opened on Februstry 14, 1920. The theater was located in the Clift Building. It was renamed the Rialto Theater on June 18, 1927, and had 820 seats.

It was last operated as a cinema under the name of Midtown Trolley Theater from April 1, 1976, showing discount movies. The Trolley theater chain was taken over by Plitt, which later became Cineplex Odeon.

The theater closed sometime in the 1980’s. It became the Broadway Stage in 1989, used for live entertainment, and in 1993 it became the Broadway Family Theatre. Since 1994 it has been known as the Off Broadway Theatre.

Contributed by Grant Smith

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

William on December 6, 2003 at 4:04 pm

When it was called the Rialto Theatre it seated 820 people.

kencmcintyre on September 4, 2009 at 4:09 pm

The second photo from the top is a night shot from the 1950s:

TLSLOEWS on May 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Interesting Name.

rivest266 on April 3, 2022 at 1:13 pm

The Mersey Theatre initially advertised itself in 1911 (as indicated in the October 7th, 1975 grand opening ad for the Midtown Trolley). Grand opening advertisements are posted in 1911, 1920, 1927, and October 7th, 1975.

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