Orpheum Theatre

625 Main Street,
Park City, UT 84060

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The Park Record reported F.E. Knotts opened the completely fireproof, brick and concrete, 500-seat Orpheum Theatre July 7, 1916. The opening attraction was Mary Pickford in “Poor Little Peppina”. On January 9, 1917, the Orpheum Theatre played the now controversial “Birth of A Nation”.

In 1919 and 1920 boxing and wrestling events were held.

For many years the Orpheum Theatre and American Theatre, co-owned by John Rugar, were advertised together. In 1926 Frank Knotts partnered with Mr. Rugar to open the Egyptian Theatre. The Orpheum Theatre last appeared in the listings August 13, 1926, leaving the American Theatre and to anticipate the new Egyptian Theatre on December 25, 1926.

The Park Record reported September 27, 1951, that demolition of the old Orpheum Theatre had begun.

There were other Park City short-lived theatres mentioned by the Park Record. The Electric Show House, across the street from the Dewey Theatre, opened in 1910. There was the Liberty Theatre at 446 Main Street, which opened in 1919 and lasted about four years. In 1921 the Rasband Theatre opened on the west side of upper Main Street.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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