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A curving brick wall bears the name of Hale Centre Theatre at Harmon Hall.

Photographer: Grant Smith
Date: 5 May 2011

Hale Centre Theatre
(Hale Center Theatre)
 
3333 South Decker Lake Drive
West Valley City, Utah 84119
801 984-9000
info@halecentretheatre.org
http://www.halecentretheatre.org
 
Status:
Open 
Total Seats:
610 
Open:
1 October 1998  
 

Ruth and Nathan Hale were involved in community theater in the Salt Lake area, but moved to California in 1945 so Nathan could pursue an acting career in film.  After breaking into the movie industry proved challenging, the Hales opened the Glendale Centre Theatre, because "Nathan could play any role he desired if they started their own theatre."[1]

After 36 years, the Hales sold the Glendale Centre Theatre to their daughter Sandra and her husband Allan Dietlein so they could retire in Southern Utah.  Instead, they joined with grandson Mark Dietlein in opening the Hale Centre Theatre in South Salt Lake on 12 July 1985.[1]

After producing their first Broadway musical, "Brigadoon", in 1992, Mark and Sally Dietlein and Sally Hale Rice began formulating plans to move to a new facility that could better accommodate such higher-caliber productions.[1]

The new 42,000 square-foot Hale Centre Theatre opened in West Valley City in 1998, with the production “Thank You Papa.” The theater features a unique moving stage with the same spiralift system used in Las Vegas’s blockbuster cirque de soleil, “Mystère.”[1]


1. "Theatre History", www.halecentretheatre.org, April 2011