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Adams Shakespearean Theatre
Cedar City, Utah

In the early 1960s, business owners worried that the proposed Interstate 15 would divert tourists from Cedar City as they travelled to Zions and Bryce Canyon national parks.  Fred C. Adams, a professor at Southern Utah State College, thought a theater festival might encourage passing tourists to exit the new freeway.  For its first season in 1962, the Utah Shakespeare Festival used a makeshift outdoor platform as a stage, with the audience seated in folding chairs on the lawn.  In 1977, the festival built the Adams Shakespearean Theatre, a replica of the original Globe Theatre.

 
 
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Exterior 2001 Photos
The Regency Theatre is now a three-story office building.  Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Regency Theatre is now a three-story office building.
Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah
Grant Smith, 11 August 2001

The former Regency Theatre building from across the parking lot.  Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

The former Regency Theatre building from across the parking lot.
Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah
Grant Smith, 11 August 2001

This side was originally the front of the Regency Theatre. The entrance was on the left corner.  The first level was the lobby.  The upper level housed district offices of the Plitt Theaters chain and the projection booth.  Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

This side was originally the front of the Regency Theatre. The entrance was on the left corner. The first level was the lobby. The upper level housed district offices of the Plitt Theaters chain and the projection booth.
Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah
Grant Smith, 11 August 2001

The back end of the Regency Theatre.  The brick walls in the corner are original.  The rest of the auditorium wall was made of large concrete slabs, which were removed during the remodel.  Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

The back end of the Regency Theatre. The brick walls in the corner are original. The rest of the auditorium wall was made of large concrete slabs, which were removed during the remodel.
Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah
Grant Smith, 11 August 2001

The only part of the auditorium walls still standing.  This door was one of the exits at the front of the auditorium, next to the screen.  Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

The only part of the auditorium walls still standing. This door was one of the exits at the front of the auditorium, next to the screen.
Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah
Grant Smith, 11 August 2001

The far side of the Regency Theatre building.  The windows on the right are from the old Plitt offices.  The windows on the left are where the auditorium used to be.  Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

The far side of the Regency Theatre building. The windows on the right are from the old Plitt offices. The windows on the left are where the auditorium used to be.
Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah
Grant Smith, 11 August 2001

When the Regency Theatre was remodeled into an office building, the walkway from the auditorium exit was enclosed with glass.  The area below the lobby was originally a storage area.  Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

When the Regency Theatre was remodeled into an office building, the walkway from the auditorium exit was enclosed with glass. The area below the lobby was originally a storage area.
Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah
Grant Smith, 11 August 2001

An aerial view of the Regency Theatre in 1997.  Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah

An aerial view of the Regency Theatre in 1997.
Regency Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah
Courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey, 12 September 1997