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In the early 1960s, business owners worried that the proposed Interstate 15 would divert tourists from Cedar City as they travelled to Zions and Bryce Canyon national parks.  Fred C. Adams, a professor at Southern Utah State College, thought a theater festival might encourage passing tourists to exit the new freeway.  For its first season in 1962, the Utah Shakespeare Festival used a makeshift outdoor platform as a stage, with the audience seated in folding chairs on the lawn.  In 1977, the festival built the Adams Shakespearean Theatre, a replica of the original Globe Theatre.

 
 
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A drawing of the Crest Theatre from the opening day advertisement.

Date: 9 February 1950

Crest Theater
2021 East 2700 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
 
Status:
Alternate Use 
Total Seats:
800 
Open:
9 February 1950  
Closed:
After 1955  
 

The Crest Theatre, "Your deluxe family theatre," opened on 9 February 1950 with Danny Kaye in 'The Inspector General.'[1]

The Crest had a "ultra-modern design of beauty and luxuriousness."  Native flagstone and evergreens decorated the front of the building.  The marquee was designed "in keeping with modern motif of rolling lines."  The foyer and lounge area featured a mural and "pleasing colors and restful comfort in furnishings."  Indirect lighting illuminated the auditorium.  The draperies made "a striking effect of beauty."[1]

The theater appears to have been converted into a two-storey office building which now makes up part of the Country Club Marketplace.


1. Opening Day Ad, 9 February 1950