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In April 1968, Intermountain Theatres announced plans to divide the Utah Theatre into the state's first two-screen theater complex.  The original auditorium, which seated 1765, was divided by adding a floor from the balcony to the proscenium arch.  The new upper-level theater was known as the Penthouse and included the rows of balcony seating and the original, ornate ceiling.

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The logo for Brigham's Playhouse features a beehive with a portrait of Brigham Young.

Date: 1 January 2014

Brigham's Playhouse
25 North 300 West Building C-1
Washington, Utah 84780
(435) 251-8000
14 February 2014  

Brigham’s Playhouse opened on 14 February 2014 with the production, “Little Women, a Little Musical.”  The theater is located in the remodeled town hall of Cottontown Village, a collection of historic buildings hosting shops and businesses with an old western town flavor.[1, 2]

Jamie Young left a 19-year career as a professor of musical theater to create the Brigham's Playhouse performing arts group.[1]

“Throughout my career, I’ve found that my students are highly trained performing artists, but after leaving college, they have very limited opportunities to use their skill to make a living,” Young said. “It’s my hope to provide such opportunities to local people who want to work in the performing arts.”[1]

Young researched many markets and found a high demand and low supply in the Washington area.  The theater was named as a legacy to his great-great-great grandfather, Brigham Young, who established the Salt Lake Theatre in 1861.[1]

Unlike local performing arts groups, Brigham's Playhouse is a business rather than a nonprofit organization.  The theater has 11 full-time employees and nearly $100,000 invested.[1]

Brigham's Playhouse seeks to provide “family audiences with excellent, affordable, Broadway-caliber, wholesome and edifying theatre.”  For performing artists, it offers a work environment “based on high moral and ethical values; conducive to inspiration from heavenly sources; and able to allow time with families and for community/church service.”  Its education program develops “creative & expressive artists” and is founded on “professional technique, family values, and principles of ethical living.”[3]
1. "Brigham’s Playhouse: Family legacy of uplifting entertainment; new theatre, debut show in Washington", St. George News, 31 January 2014
2. “Cottontown Village, Washington, UT”, cottontownvillage.com, retrieved February 2014
3. “An Uplifting Experience”
brighamsplayhouse.com, retrieved February 2014