The University of Utah dedicated its first auditorium, Kingsbury Hall, on 22 May 1930. The $275,000 assembly hall was funded by the State of Utah and named in honor of Joseph T. Kingsbury, who served as President of the University from 1897 until 1926. Kingsbury Hall is one of nine buildings in the University Circle historic district, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The auditorium was built with a projection booth and an organ loft, to accommodate silent films.
The Lagoon Opera House opened in 1968, presenting summer theater shows such as "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum", and other Broadway hits.1 The theater is part of the Lagoon amusement park, but has not been used in recent years. Most of Lagoon's entertainment shows are presented in the Music USA Theatre and the Carousel Theatre, both of which are newer and more open than the Lagoon Opera House.