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Provo, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

 
 
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The triangular marquee and blade sign of the Academy Theatre.

Photographer: Grant Smith
Date: 22 June 2002

Academy Theater
56 North University Avenue
Provo, Utah
 
Status:
Demolished 
Total Seats:
752 
Open:
late 1930s  
Closed:
10 September 1998  
Demolished:
Before September 2004  
 
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.