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C. W. Showalter, and Andrew King opened the Orpheus Hall on Thanksgiving Day, 30 November 1911.  The amusement hall had a spring dance floor, but was also used for roller skating, basketball, banquets, and movies.  It was named after the Greek god of Mirth, “a famous musician who is reputed to have had power to entrance men, beasts, and inanimate objects by the music of his lyre.”  At 11:00 PM on New Years Eve, 1928, the hall was renamed Imperial Hall.  In a ceremony on 20 April 1965, Governor Governor Calvin L. Rampton took a sledge hammer and delivered the first blow in the demolition of the hall as part of a community beautification campaign.

 
 
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A drawing of the exterior of the American Theatre.

Utah State Historical Society

American Theater
(Granada Theatre)
 
241 South Main
Salt Lake City, Utah
 
Status:
Demolished 
Total Seats:
3000 
Open:
Before 1914  
Closed:
After 1930  
 
The American Theater opened before 1914.1  The theater had a ballroom upstairs which was covered with beautiful art Deco.  After seeing a movie, patrons would go up to the ballroom to dance.  Between 1927 and 1929, the theater was renamed the Granada Theatre.  The building later became W. T. Grant Co. and the ballroom was use for stock.

The American Theater showed movies about 1930.2


1. Polk's Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1914-1915, 1918-1919, 1920-1921, 1922-1923, 1927-1928
2. "Excel fle", movietheatre.org, listing as its sources the Film Weekly Film Journal yearbooks 1920, 1925, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955 and International motion picture almanacs 1961, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000