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The University of Utah dedicated its first auditorium, Kingsbury Hall, on 22 May 1930.   The $275,000 assembly hall was funded by the State of Utah and named in honor of Joseph T. Kingsbury, who served as President of the University from 1897 until 1926.   Kingsbury Hall is one of nine buildings in the University Circle historic district, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.  The auditorium was built with a projection booth and an organ loft, to accommodate silent films.

 
 
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Lighthouse Theatre
4835 South Highland Drive
Building G
Holladay, Utah 84117
 
Status:
Demolished 
Open:
28 November 1995  
 

Dan Whitley renovated the old Power Plant disco club at the south end of Cottonwood Mall and opened it as the Lighthouse Theatre.  The opening production was “The Christmas Stranger” on 28 November 1995.  The theater-in-the-round was named “Lighthouse” because the free-standing building was originally a power generating plant. Whitley, a voice coach and musician, previously leased the Broadway Stage.[1, 2, 3]

The Academy of Performing Arts performed stage plays in the Lighthouse Theatre for several months before a new owner told them in January 2000 to vacate the building.[4, 5]


1. “Playing for the Holidays”, Deseret News, 17 November 1995
2. “Fall Theater Season Gets Under Way”, Deseret News, 1 September 1995
3. “Stage, performing arts groups offer a schedule of auditions”, Deseret News, 11 April 1997
4. “Theater school needs home”, Deseret News, 6 March 2000
5. “'Tempest' fund-raiser”, Deseret News, 19 July 2000