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Orpheus Hall
Vernal, Utah

C. W. Showalter, and Andrew King opened the Orpheus Hall on Thanksgiving Day, 30 November 1911.  The amusement hall had a spring dance floor, but was also used for roller skating, basketball, banquets, and movies.  It was named after the Greek god of Mirth, “a famous musician who is reputed to have had power to entrance men, beasts, and inanimate objects by the music of his lyre.”  At 11:00 PM on New Years Eve, 1928, the hall was renamed Imperial Hall.  In a ceremony on 20 April 1965, Governor Governor Calvin L. Rampton took a sledge hammer and delivered the first blow in the demolition of the hall as part of a community beautification campaign.

 
 
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The south side of the marquee, at night.

Exterior Photos
 

The small concessions stand take up the space between the two auditorium entrance doors.

Lobby Photos
 

 

A stage was built in front of the Avalon's screen to accommodate live entertainment.

Auditorium Photos
 

Evan Glassett introduces Don Cosney at the beginning of the show.

Vaudeville 2003
 

 

Gala Opening advertisement for the Apollo Theatre on 31 December 1946.  'The news all Salt Lake has been waiting for!'

Advertisements
 

A thrust stage with stadium seating and 185 seats.

Children's Theatre Art
 

 

Gladys Slouris in the ticket booth of the Apollo Theatre in 1949.  She was the second victim of a gunman who also robbed three gas stations.

Historical Photos
 

Work begins to convert the former Avalon Theatre into the Children's Theatre.

Remodel - September 2011
 

 

The auditorium before the start of remodeling.

Remodel - Facebook
 

The south wall of the lobby.  The front doors are out of the picture on the right.

Construction - Lobby
 

 

Looking across the stage from the south seating area.

Construction - Auditorium