Scott McQuarrie, a Utah County developer, approached Sandy City in 2006 about building a 2,400-seat Broadway theater southwest of City Hall. The development was named “The Proscenium”, after the Greek innovation to better frame theater performances. The announcement created a rivalry between Sandy and Salt Lake City, which had also had plans for a Broadway theater. Funding for the Proscenium dried up after the credit market tumbled in late 2008.
The Academy Theater was built in the late 1930s by Joseph L. Lawrence
and David K. Edwards, who also built the Villa, Southeast, and Murray
Theaters in the Salt Lake area. The building may have been a skate rink
or the main office of a utility company before it became a theater. Carmike
Cinemas closed the theater on 10 September 1998 after opening a new 12-plex
in the same general area.