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The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater on Main is a 2,500-seat, state-of-the-art theater located in the heart of Utah’s capital city. The Theater will help fulfill the Downtown Rising vision for a vibrant capital city, rich in the arts, that belongs to all of Utah. This premier venue will attract first run Broadway-touring shows, provide additional options for beloved Utah performing groups such as Ballet West and the Utah Opera, and attract nationally-prominent music and comedy acts. With such a theater as a drawing card, Salt Lake City can attract premier arts presentations and expand cultural offerings to the state and region.

   
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Twenty years of news coverage
of efforts to build this new performing arts center

Welcome to the Eccles: Salt Lake City’s new theater opens with an array of guests (10/20/16) The Eccles Theater is open and ready to receive guests. Festivities will continue all weekend, with a gala concert Friday, a day of free performances Saturday and a rare on-the-road broadcast of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's "Music and the Spoken Word" on Sunday.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony heaps praise on new $119 million Eccles Theater downtown (10/18/16) There was pomp and circumstance — and a little "Fiddler on the Roof" — on Tuesday as dignitaries dedicated the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City.

.New theater, skyscraper, plaza set the stage for downtown’s next big act (10/16/16) Expected to draw thousands downtown by itself, the $119 million arts and culture hub opens this week with two companion developments: a 24-story office tower and a pedestrian-friendly plaza.

.With Eccles Theater, a new curtain rises in Salt Lake City’s love affair with theater (10/16/16) In the ongoing saga of Salt Lake City's historic love affair with theater, now comes the big reveal of a second act: the debut of Main Street's George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater.

The playhouse that Ralph built? Ex-mayor sees it as a ‘source of joy ... for years to come’ (10/16/16) Former Mayor Ralph Becker, who left office in January, was instrumental in bringing the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater to Salt Lake City. Though the project drew criticism, Becker said the result, with its contribution to the arts, architecture and downtown vibrancy, "speaks for itself."

New Eccles Theater opens Oct. 21, joining Salt Lake County's 'family of beautiful venues' (10/14/16) For Tony Award-winning performer Brian Stokes Mitchell, performing and viewing theatrical works is akin to the experience of attending a church service.

A first look: New Eccles Theater gears up for its debut (10/6/16) A group of people tour the 2,500-seat Delta Performance Hall in the new George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City in mid-September.

Legendary Rita Moreno will emcee Eccles Theater opener in Salt Lake City (10/9/16) The Eccles Theater has landed an Emmy winner, a Grammy winner, an Oscar winner and a Tony winner to emcee its Premiere Performance — and that's just one person.

Eccles Theater New Terazzo Floor Unveiled (4/11/16) The recently completed terrazzo floor of the grand lobby is designed to represent different groups who have inhabited the Salt Lake Valley, said Salt Lake artist Laura Sharp Wilson.

Eccles Theater Now Six Months Behind (3/03/16) The Eccles Theater, opening in October on Main Street in Salt Lake City, is running about six months behind schedule and about $7 million over budget. The good news is that the additional expenditures will be covered by private donations.

Gallery: Construction of Salt Lake City’s mega-theater hits halfway mark (7/15/15) One year down, one to go — sort of. Thirteen months ago, crews broke ground on the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater between 100 South and 200 South on Salt Lake City's Main Street.

From hookers to headlines to hip, SLC block to make news again (4/26/15) A once-notorious Salt Lake City back street appears destined for some artistic respectability, with a $12.8 million face-lift for Regent Street & Orpheum Avenue.

Lion King’ is first show booked in new Eccles Theater (3/27/15)
Salt Lake City's new Eccles Theater has its first confirmed booking: "The Lion King" which will open at the Eccles Theater in spring 2017. 

'The Lion King' booked for Eccles Theater in spring 2017 (3/26/15)
Spence Eccles celebrated the unveiling of the Eccles Theater's logo and the booking of "The Lion King" in spring 2017 with his own song and dance.

City unveils new plans for downtown Regent Street (2/10/15)
Civic leaders will fill in a gap between two downtown entertainment areas with the redevelopment of a venerable old SLC block, which will become a place where people “gather, discover and connect.”

SLC’s new downtown theater to carry Eccles name (6/3/14)
The percussion of a brass band over a background din of ongoing demolition set the stage for a casting change Tuesday at the Utah Performing Arts Center — it will be called the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater.

New downtown theater will carry Eccles name (6/3/14)
SL City Mayor Becker and SL County Mayor McAdams announced that the name of thenew performing arts center on Main St. will be the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, and ground was broken to begin construction of the 2,500-seat facility.

 Downtown Demolition (3/4/14)
The southeast corner of 100 South and Main Street may look like an explosion has blown out what used to be a high-end jewelry store. But the demolition is making way for the newest additions to the downtown Salt Lake skyline.  

New 24-story office tower coming to downtown (9/30/13)
The downtown skyline is getting ready to change again. A new office building will be located on Main St directly adjacent to the new Utah Performing Arts Center.  

SLC Main Street theater design unveiled (4/18/13)
The design of the $116 million Utah Performing Arts Center was unveiled by Pelli Clark Pelli Architects and HKS Architects.  

'Great day of celebration' as leaders unveil new downtown
theater design (4/17/13)

Cesar Pelli says it was more than hard work that went into the design of the new Performing Arts Center.

Top architects raise anticipation for
Utah Performing Arts Center (10/3/12)

Call them "starchitects" — rock stars of architecture.

Salt Lake County OKs $28M in theater funding (8/14/12)
Plans for a Broadway-style theater in downtown Salt Lake City received a major boost.

SLTribune Editorial - Performing Arts (8/18/12)
The Salt Lake County Council made the right move in the City's effort to bring a 2,500-seat PAC to downtown.

Utah Performing Arts Center takes a big step toward reality (8/15/12)
Curtains literally were pulled back to celebrate the selection of the architectural and contracting teams..

SLC moves forward with theater plan with or without county support (3/20/12)
Plans for the Utah Performing Arts Center are moving forward as a one-man show.

City Hires Firm To Develop Broadway Theater (3/20/12)
Salt Lake City moved forward with plans for a 2,500-seat, $110 million Utah Performing Arts Center.

Becker’s Broadway theater gets council boost (12/7/11)
Touring Broadway plays soon may land in a new home on Main Street.

Salt Lake City Council votes to move forward with theater (12/6/11)
The Salt Lake City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to issue up to $18 million in bonds to design the Utah Performing Arts Center

Theater lovers, business groups crave Broadway lights in SLC (11/22/11)
The time has come, a group of theater lovers, promoters and business executives told the City Council during a lopsided public hearing

SLC’s planned Broadway theater is getting
down to business. (11/17/10)

Developers of the proposed $88 million to $98 million playhouse unmasked plans Tuesday for a nearby office high-rise

Is it curtains for SLC’s Broadway-style theater? (9/6/10)
Despite the recession, Mayor Becker is committed to raising the curtain on a 2,400-seat, Broadway-style theater
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Sandy gives regrets to Broadway, seeks bigger fish (1/14/10)
Abondons plans for big theater, concentrates on aquarium.

SLC set to move on Broadway theater (10/13/09) The Redevelopment Agency could sign contracts with developers today.

Something Wicked This Way Comes (7/29/09) Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker's personal shoe-leather research has given him a clear vision of what he wants downtown to look like in three years.

Utah Theater to house film center (7/15/09) Salt Lake City's Redevelopment Agency agreed Tuesday to buy the historic Utah Theater and neighboring retail spaces for $7 million.

Salt Lake City RDA plans to buy Utah Theater property (7/14/09)
The Salt Lake City Council approved a $7 million plan to purchase the property at 156 S. Main.

Theater plans may be scaled back (6/18/09)
The Proscenium development in Sandy announced plans for a small sales office, but the developer said a theater, if built, could be just big enough for regional plays and events.

Two builders offer proposals for S.L. theater project (5/29/09)
The city's Redevelopment Agency received two proposals to build a Broadway-style theater downtown.

Two firms bid on Broadway-class theater (5/28/09)
Library architect Moshe Safdie among list of heavyweights seeking downtown project.

S.L. County OKs cultural blueprint (4/8/09)
If Salt Lake County is able to follow its new master plan,
arts lovers could see cultural hubs in the suburbs

Downtown Salt Lake City Proposed Arts and Cultural District (2008)
Report from the Downtown Alliance

Sandy Decides It Won't Own or Run Theater (11/12/08)
Money that would have gone into a lease-to-own arrangement for the Proscenium theater will be spent on infrastructure for the $600 million project.

Cities in Theater Race Dismiss County Study (11/6/08)
The two cities auditioning for the role of Broadway-style theater host are dismissing a Salt Lake County arts study as irrelevant.

Plans for SLC Broadway-class theater includes other arts groups (10/17/08)
Salt Lake City has choreographed how to finance downtown's Broadway-class theater

Many are questioning necessity of Salt Lake theater (10/17/08)
To build or not to build? That still seems to be the question

Salt Lake City: Our theater will be on Main (10/16/08)
Salt Lake City plans to bring Broadway to Main Street.

Sandy council members wary of theater funding (10/16/08)
Some Sandy Council members would like to drop a curtain on plans for a new theater

New theater is coming to Regent Street (10/16/08)
Salt Lake City plans to build a 2,400-seat theater capable of hosting first-run touring Broadway shows on the former Newspaper Agency Corp. press site

Theater “unparalleled” Asset (10/16/08)
Salt Lake City literally rolled out the red carpet to announce plans for the Utah Performance Center on Main Street

Will Sandy theater seek county funds? (8/20/08)
Developers of the planned theater complex in Sandy have opened the door to possible Salt Lake County funding.

Sandy may want county support for arts district (8/19/08)
The county could be asked to support three smaller theaters and a performing-arts school.

Salt Lake City theater-site talks are under way (8/15/08)
Mayor Becker expects to announce by mid-October the site of a Broadway-style theater in downtown Salt Lake City.

Zephyr Club eyed in possible theater deal (8/5/08)
The hallowed small-concert venue could play a role in bringing "In the Heights" and "Cry-Baby" to Salt Lake City.

Six Salt Lake City addresses eyed for Broadway theater (7/15/08)
The playbill for a Broadway-style theater in Salt Lake City features six potential downtown addresses and an $81.5 million price tag

SLC theater study lists top sites, says financing 'practical and achievable' (7/15/08)
Utah's capital should act "immediately" to lock up one of six suggested sites

Recommendations of the Downtown Theater Action Group (7/18/08)
The missing piece is an anchor for the downtown cultural district – a multi-purpose theater of sufficient size to attract first runs of Broadway touring shows...

A New Theater for SLC with How Many Seats? (5/26/08)
If the average theater on Broadway is 1300 seats,
why do we need 2400 seats?

The hunt for a Broadway-class theater in downtown Salt Lake City has been narrowed to three sites (5/6/08)

Questions remain about 2,500-seat 'Broadway-style' theater (3/12/08)

Setting the stage: Does Salt Lake Valley need a new
'Broadway' theater? (3/23/08)

Has curtain closed on Sandy's hopes for Broadway-style
theater?
(3/14/08)

Drama unfolding over Broadway-style theater (3/13/08)
Salt Lake and Sandy both vying for top billing

SLC-based company won't place theater bid (3/13/08)
Calling it a matter of standing on principle and respecting
their landlord

SLC and Sandy fight for spotlight (3/5/08)
The race to build a Broadway-class theater is starting to resemble a breakneck game of chicken.

Old Salt Lake theater may get encore in arts district (2/29/08)
Salt Lake City may look to the past for its Broadway-style theater of the future.

SLC Mayor enlists brother to guide theater effort (2/29/08)
Mayor Becker trumpeted the Utah Theatre as the "cornerstone" of a downtown arts district and the possible home of a Broadway-class playhouse.

Sandy Theater tussle stuff of movies (2/28/08)
Tom Dolan has never met a prom date he didn't want to steal.

Study: 'Broadway' theater viable in Sandy (2/20/08)
A developer is on board; critics say downtown SLC better-suited.

Sandy lifts curtain on theater (2/20/08)
Plans are in place here for a Broadway roadhouse theater that would open in 2011.

Two Salt Lake blocks may become arts hub (12/6/07)
The image of downtown Salt Lake City as a hub for arts and culture is coming into focus.

Emulating the Guthrie Theater would be wise (10/21/07)
Planners of future new arts facilities could
learn from the new Guthrie Theater

Salt Lake Tribune Poll (9/17/07)
Both mayoral candidates and 59% of residents polled want a new theater in SLC.

Downtown Rising - Performing Arts Center
A new theater located in the heart of downtown (3/22/07)

Cultural District Market Study (2006)
Summary of Findings and Next Steps from Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Chamber & Downtown Alliance

Utah Theatre put up for sale
SL Tribune, 8/22/06

SLC as Broadway a hard sell, even in arts circles
SL Tribune, 7/3/06

SLC arts lovers are inspired by the success
of theater complex in Colorado

SL Tribune, 7/2/06

Renovation for Capitol Theater?
Deseret News, 4/25/06

Plan to build theaters is unrealistic (3/3/06)
Move over, Harold Hill. The consultants who recommend
that Salt Lake County build a glorious new theater for
touring Broadway musicals

Study says SLC could support an arts district
SL Tribune, 2/19/06

Study: Cultural district could draw crowds
SL Tribune, 2/15/06

Would two theaters rejuvenate downtown?
Deseret News, 2/15/06

Cultural District Market Study (2/14/06)
A leading global hospitality consulting organization has
completed a market study on the feasibility of a downtown arts and culture district.

First stage of theater plan calls for variety
SL Tribune, 12/2/05

Theater plan downsized
Deseret News, 12/2/05

Can shrinking audience sustain arts district?
Deseret News, 10/19/05

Study predicts downtown boom
SL Tribune, 8/9/05

Proponents committed to culture bloc
Deseret News, 10/11/04

The arts can play a starring role in revitalizing downtowns
S L Tribune, 10/11/04

At Utah Theatre, show may go on after all
S L Tribune, 4/22/04

Plan would revive old Utah Theater
Deseret News, 3/26/04

Developer wants to restore Utah Theatre, but can he?; Theater would book touring shows
S L Tribune, 3/13/04

Study: SL Needs Smallish New Theater (10/22/97)

Facility Concept for new Performing Arts Spaces
Webb Management Services (October 1997)

Does `Phantom' Foreshadow Bigger S.L. Theater?, 5/25/96

           
The Eccles Theater will be Utah's arts center for the 21st century.
The Capitol Theatre is Utah's home for the performing arts today.
The Utah Theater is an historic downtown venue for the arts that can be preserved for future generations.
 
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