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Empress Theatre
Magna, Utah

The name 'Empress' is spelled out in with white light bulbs, with a border of red lights.

The Empress Theatre
has opened once again! 
9104 West 2700 South
Magna, Utah
801-347-7373
Empress Theatre

    
 
The OHPAA group continues it's renovating efforts, with an expanded parking area now ready to use and two addtitional rooms now painted!   We have also been officially designated a Non'profit Corporation by the IRS!  The Empress is also the filming location for a new Disney Movie  ("Dadnapped") which will be aired on the Disney Channel next spring.  We are very excited!
  
And come see the new carpet in our lobby! It's gorgeous!
   
 Things are happening fast at the Empress.  You'll have to hurry to keep up!

 
 
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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