'This is the general store in Midvale, Utah, started by Hyrum Goff and taken over by his son Clifford Isaac Goff as a mortuary.  Many plays and activities were had in the upper room of the store.'
Goff's Opera House
(Goff's Opera House, Goff's Dramatic Hall)

730 West Center Street
Midvale, Utah 84047
(1891 - 1918)

Goff’s Opera House occupied the second floor of the Goff Mercantile and was reached by an enclosed, external staircase.  The mercantile opened in 1891, replacing a store built in 1872 by Hyrum’s father, Isaac, and his mother-in-law, Clarissa Arnold.  The first floor was converted into a mortuary in 1915 and the building was extensively remodeled in 1954.  A new mortuary was built in 1954 at 8090 South State Street.[1]

An evening of entertainment at Goff's Dramatic Hall in 1899, presented by the Lafayette Memorial committee, was attended by an audience of about 400.[5]

Polk’s Utah Gazetteer listed Goff’s Dramatic Hall as being in West Jordan in 1903, with Hyrum Goff as manager.[2]  By 1918, West Jordan had come to known by its present name of Midvale and the theater was known as Goff’s Opera House.[3]

The theater was 34 feet wide, according to the 1911 Sanborn fire insurance map, with a stage, scenery, and a 16-foot high ceiling.[4]

1. “Isaac Goff”,, retrieved June 2014
2. Polk's Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1903-1904
3. Polk's Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1918-1919
4. “Midvale, 1911: Sheet 04”, J. Willard Marriott Library, retrieved June 2014
5. "Entertainment at Goff's Dramatic Hall", 26 February 1899, Salt Lake Tribune, page 9