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Social Hall, also known as Browne Hall, was built by a group of investors led by S. M. Browne, a saloon owner and first mayor of Vernal.  Mr. Mease and Mr. Sheldon opened the Electric Theatre in the Social Hall on 4 May 1908, showing moving pictures and illustrated songs with piano and vocal accompaniment.  In 1910, the Social Hall was sold to the Woodard family for use as a furniture store.

 
 
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Front of the Electric at night.

Courtesy of the Electric Theater, 11 July 2003

Electric Theater
(Electric Theatre, Gaiety Theatre)
 
68 East Tabernacle
St. George, Utah
435 688-SHOW
http://www.theelectrictheater.com/
 
Status:
Open 
Total Seats:
220 
Open:
1911  
 

The Electric Theatre was built in 1911 by Charlie Whipple, Johnnie Pymm, and Sherman Hardy.  The walls of the 220-seat theater are adobe and are nearly three feet thick. It was the first air-conditioned building in St. George.

R. M. Reber purchased the Electric in 1930 for $10,000 and renamed it the Gaiety.  He held a contest and offered five dollars to the person who could come up with the best name for the theater.  During a later renovation, the name Electric restored.

The Electric Theater stopped showing movies after 1999.

In April 2003, the Flowers family roepened the Electric for music, bands, and live entertainment. 143 seats are available to the public on the main floor of the auditorium. The balcony is reserved for bands and their guests and includes 50 seats, couches, tables, and a buffet table.


1. Southern Utah Telephone Directory, September 1974 through May 1999