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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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By 5 April 1912, the theater received a new, ornate facade and was renamed the Rex Theatre.

Used by permission, Utah State Historical Society, all rights reserved
Date: 5 April 1912

Rex Theatre
(Bungalow, Lyceum, Daniels Theatre, Strand Theatre)
 
253 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
 
Status:
Demolished 
Open:
1908  
Closed:
Before 1958  
Demolished:
16 July 2012  
 
The Bungalow Theatre was built in 1908 and also housed the Hotel Bungalow.  By 1909 it was was renamed the Lyceum Theatre.

The plain theater went through a dramatic transformation in 1912 when it recieved a new façade and was renamed the Rex Theatre.  The new façade features a crown at the top and statues of women holding lights and sentry knights in armor.  Two freestanding ticket booths were added in front of the build.  The Rex was a junior vaudeville and motion picture theater and was advertised as being the "most elaborate" and "absolutely fire proof."

The theater was known as the Strand from about 1918 to 1922.1

Eventually the building became the Axelrad Furniture Co.  In 2001, it was the Tivoli Gallery and Regis Apartments.


1. Polk's Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1918-1919, 1920-1921, 1922-1923