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Salt Lake City, Utah

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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The entrance of the former Blue Mouse Theater.  The marquee over the door is still there, but has been painted over.

Photographer: Grant Smith
Date: 10 December 2005

Blue Mouse
(Cinema Arts)
 
260 East 100 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
 
Status:
Closed 
Open:
Before 1973  
Closed:
1986  
 
Cinema Art, later known as the Blue Mouse, was the first venue for art and foreign films in Salt Lake City. The theater was originally a screening room and was located in the basement of the building.  The theater's seats came from a shoe-selling emporium.  The auditorium had 120 seats and was "stretched out like a long hallway."1


1. "On New Theaters, Indiana Jones and Skyrocketing Prices", Deseret News, 4 June 1989 , Page E10