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Organ Loft
South Salt Lake, Utah

Lawrence Bray opened the Organ Loft in 1946 after installing the theater organ from the Utah Theatre in his aunt's former chicken coop.  The Organ Loft holds silent film festivals several times a year, but makes most of its income from banquets and wedding receptions.  The theater's organ has 2,400 pipes ranging in size from 8 inches to 16 feet.

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The front of the Utah Theatre, from across the streeet.

Grant Smith, 7 May 2011

Utah Theatre
18 West Center Street
Logan, Utah
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About 1924  
September 2005  

The Utah Theater was built about 1924.[1]

Keith Hansen, a resident of Providence,[1] operated the Utah Theatre as a discount movie theater for many years before closing it unexpectedly on 23 September 2005.  A recorded message on the theater's answering said, "Thank you for calling the Utah, Cache Valley's luxury theater.  We have decided to retire.  Therefore, we are temporarily closed.  Thank you for your patronage."[2]

On 13 March 2005, Michael Ballam announced the purchase of the Utah Theatre by the Utah Festival Opera, thanks to a grant from Larry H. and Gail Miller.  Adding the Utah Theatre to the Ellen Eccles and Cain Lyric theaters would allow Utah Festival Opera to expand the number of productions offered during its annual summer festival.[1 & 3]

"As you have seen at the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, when they added the venue of the Randall Jones Theater to the offerings of the Adams Theater, it expanded geometrically the audience space and the possibilities for productions taking place during the festival," Ballam said.  "And that's our life blood, because the majority of our audience is visitors from outside of Cache Valley.  The more we have to offer within the series that the festival operates, the more chance it is to draw people from all over the world to come see what it is that we're doing."[3]

The stage of the Utah Theatre will be expanded to offer additional performance space for an orchestra pit.  The Utah Theatre will also become the new home of a million dollar Wurlitzer organ donated to the Utah Festival Opera in 2003 by Canadians John and Marsha Schelkopf.[1]

1. "Logan's opera company will acquire downtown theater", Salt Lake Tribune, 14 March 2006
2. "Utah Theatre closes doors 'temporarily'", Herald Journal, 24 September 2005
3. "Opera in Logan is expanding", Deseret Morning News, 19 March 2006