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Since 1985, the Children's Theatre had never obtained a long term lease or owned a building.  After searching for a permanent home for over three years, the Children's Theatre announced in June 2011 the purchase of the Avalon Theatre in South Salt Lake.  The theater's new home will feature a 185-seat auditorium with carpeted aisles, stadium seating, a thrust stage, and 17-foot high ceilings.  For information on how you can help, visit the Children's Theatre website.

 
 
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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