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Open in 1908, the Isis Theatre was one of the first motion picture theaters in Salt Lake City.  Its manager in 1910 was Max Florence, who a year later tried to blackmail the LDS Church by selling amateur photos of the Salt Lake Temple interior.  Dan Kostopulos, a benefactor of underprivileged children, later renamed it the Broadway Theatre.  In a 1976 press conference, Palace Theatre operator Lee Harper complained bitterly of persecution, made acusations of police brutality, threatened the life of a local judge, and accused the LDS Church of being involved with the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luthar King.

 
 
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This drawing of the Centre Theatre and its 'beautiful new specialty stores' appeared in an opening day ad.

Deseret News
Date: 23 December 1937

Centre Theatre
State & Broadway
Salt Lake City, Utah
 
Status:
Demolished 
Total Seats:
1174 
Open:
24 December 1937  
Closed:
24 January 1989  
Demolished:
March 1989  
 
The Centre Theater opened on 24 December 1937 and was built on the site of the Knutsford Hotel.<1>  The theater was considered one of Salt Lake's finest examples of Art Deco architecture.  One of its most unique features was the 90-foot tower located above the theater.

When the Centre opened it had 1,623 seats, but installation of a 56-foot wide screen in 1959 reduced seating to 1,174.

In 1989, Cineplex Odeon let its lease run out so the owners could demolish the building. A new office tower was built on the site, along with a bland 6-screen multiplex.


1. "Red Lights in Zion: Salt Lake City's Stockade, 1908-11", by John S. McCormick, Utah Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, Number 2 (Spring 1982), Utah State History CD-ROM