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When the Glen Brothers Piano Company opened its new store in 1923, the third floor included a 200-seat recital space named Chickering Hall.  The acoustics were described as “absolutely perfect.”  In 1975 the building was remodeled into the Washington Fair, a mall with a dozen specialty shops.  The stage on the third floor became the Laughing Gypsy Comedy Theatre and later the Famous Films Theatre.

 
 
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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