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Lester B. Funge announced plans in 1904 for the Grande Vaudeville Theatre, an 800-seat playhouse between the Reed Hotel and the St. Paul Lodging House.   In 1906, a three-story building with a hall on the top floor occupied the site.  On 20 November 1907, the 197-seat New Electric Theatre opened in a remodeled house in the same location.  The Electric was the first theater operated by the Alhambra Theatre Company, which would grow to at least eight theaters in three states within seven years.

 
 
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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