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Provo, Utah
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In April 1968, Intermountain Theatres announced plans to divide the Utah Theatre into the state's first two-screen theater complex.  The original auditorium, which seated 1765, was divided by adding a floor from the balcony to the proscenium arch.  The new upper-level theater was known as the Penthouse and included the rows of balcony seating and the original, ornate ceiling.

 
 
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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.