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Robert H. Lippert, who owned a chain of theaters based in San Francisco, opened the Valley Fair 4 on 14 August 1970.   The theater was the first four-screen multiplex in the Salt Lake Valley.   An addition opened in 1986, increasing the number of screens to nine.   The Valley Fair Movies 9 was the first multiple-screen dollar theater and also boasted stereo sound in all auditorium, a luxury lacking in most first-run theater at the time.

 
 
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Front of the Electric at night.

Courtesy of the Electric Theater
Date: 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