I’m a bit of a fan of movies and live theater; they have a way of entertaining you and helping you forget your problems even if it is for just one night. So, if you are looking for a fun date here are 4 movie theaters and 4 live theaters that you really should check out.
1. Broadway Centre Theatre – Downtown SLC
This is the region’s only film presenting venue with permanent facilities for independent film.
Located at 111 E Broadway in downtown Salt Lake City, Broadway Centre Cinemas serves as Salt Lake Film Society’s primary venue for first-run film exhibition. The theater plays host to more than 100 independent narrative, documentary and international films annually. Each of the theater’s six screens feature 35mm projectors, each hand-operated by a highly-trained projectionist. Broadway Centre Cinemas also features a full concession counter, offering treats ranging from Ritter Chocolate and edamame, to locally-made Pie pizza and handcrafted coffee drinks, and, of course, popcorn.
The Broadway Centre Cinemas’ box office opens 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the first film each day. Parking for Broadway Centre Cinemas is available in the garage directly east of the theater, with validation available at the concession counter. For a list of their show times, click here.
2. Redwood Drive-Inn – West Valley City
The Redwood Drive-in Theatre opened in 1948 and was an immediate success, drawing movie fans from all over the Salt Lake area. Since then the theatre has established itself as a destination where families and fans experience first run movies under the beautiful Utah night sky.
Over the past 70 plus years Redwood Drive-In Theatre has gone through a lot of changes. And with their all-new digital projection system they have the most exciting drive-in theatre experience yet! The new digital projection system is state-of-the-art and produces extremely sharp and bright pictures. The better picture combined with powerful FM audio broadcast system is helping the Drive-In attract new audiences who are fast becoming loyal fans.
In a culture where family time has become so rare and the price of movie tickets are breaking the budget, the time is right once more for the drive-in to satisfy the national thirst for affordable, good, quality family entertainment. Redwood Drive-Inn is closed for the season but look for it to open back up April 2015. Click here to learn more and bookmark their page to remember it as a must-do date next spring.
3. Jordan Commons – Sandy
Jordan Commons is right in the middle of Sandy and surrounded by great restaurants and activities. Best of all they have THE biggest screen in Utah — IMAX. Their IMAX screen is more that 6,000 square feet! The IMAX Experience combines crystal-clear images, powerful digital sound and customized theatre geometry to create a uniquely immersive movie experience. The images on screen are complemented with IMAX’s latest sound system, which features its proprietary loudspeaker technology and uncompressed digital sound. This system has 10 times more dynamic range, cuts down on distortion and provides a sound quality that feels more immersive. So if you want a one of a kind experience when watching the latest movie release consider Jordan Commons’ IMAX screen. For movie times and prices click here. 4. Brewvies Cinema Pub – Downtown SLC
Brewvies owners Matt and Dan realized that beer and movies make a great combinations; and thus Brewvies was born. Since 1997, Brewvies has been host to local film premiers, community events, fund raisers, live performances and great films. With a focus on local craft breweries and 19 beers on tap, handmade food and unique cocktails, guests will find more to discover at Brewvies! Brewvies is for 21 and over only. All food and beverage purchased inside of Brewvies may be taken into the theater with you but no outside food or beverages are allowed.
For a list of Brewvies food, movies, and events click here.
1. Hale Centre Theatre – West Valley City
Started by Ruth and Nathan Hale nearly 30 years ago in Downtown SLC, the Hale moved to West Valley City in 1998. This live theater features original works by Ruth and Nathan Hale as well as some of the best Broadway shows by local actors.
With a 12-month production schedule, there is little time for rest for the staff and community members involved in each production. To continue this rigorous schedule desired by audiences and further involve its community, Hale Centre Theatre has an active donor program called “Ovations” and receives generous sponsorships through local and national organizations. The theatre also donates more than 6,000 outreach tickets to various area schools and organizations each year and hires actors for more than 350 roles each season.
Now one of the largest and most respected community theatres in the country, Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City’s success could be called a triumphant ending to this fabled story; yet, the founders continue the legacy of Nathan and Ruth Hale, adding new acts with their continuous ideas, innovations and improvements. To learn more or see one of their upcoming productions click here.
2. Capitol Theatre – Downtown SLC
The Capitol Theatre is one of Salt Lake County’s most beloved buildings. A landmark in downtown Salt Lake since 1913, a newspaper reporter at the time described the building as “rich and restful, without vulgar or gaudy display.” Vaudevillians, silent movies, and “talkies,” were the mainstay in the theatre for years.
Renovated and reopened in 1978 the Capitol Theatre is known today for its elegant turn-of-the-century architecture and serves as the home for Ballet West, Utah Opera, Children’s Dance Theatre, and Broadway Across America -Utah.
The Capitol hosts a wide variety of events each season. Recent events include auditions for Fox Television’s So You Think You Can Dance; singer Sinead O’Conner and Jim Brickman; comedian Carlos Mencia; and the annual KUER Public Radio Silent Film night. For a list of their upcoming productions and to buy tickets click here.
3. Pioneer Theatre – University of Utah
Pioneer Theatre Company offers a wide range of exceptional theatre that explores the breadth of the human experience – challenging the intellect, stirring emotions, igniting imaginations and encouraging conversation.
A fully professional theatre in-residence at the University of Utah, Pioneer Theatre Company produces a seven-play season running from September through May, including a mixture of classics, large-scale musicals and contemporary dramas and comedies. Over the past ten years the theatre has developed a reputation for Broadway-quality productions, including mounting Utah premieres as well as regional theatre premieres. For a list of their upcoming productions click here.
4. Desert Star Playhouse – Murray
Desert Star produces original musical comedies. They offer outrageous parodies of classic movies, TV shows, and Broadway hits, with a melodramatic twist! Each show also features a high-energy variety show called ‘The Olio’ following the play with more singing, dancing and Desert Star comedy. It’s 2 shows in 1!
People come to the theater to laugh you’ll be laughing until your sides ache with their hilarious season of shows. Boo the villain and cheer the hero as you experience our fast-paced precision comedy with an exciting element of unpredictability! Actor ad-libs and skilled improvisations are also part of Desert Star’s unique style. Jokes about current events, local sports and celebrities find their way into the production. It’s knee slapping, laugh-out-loud fun.
A variety of tasty food selections can be ordered right at your table. The menu includes gourmet pizza and hamburgers, fresh wraps, and scrumptious desserts. The food is optional and not included in the ticket price. You can find out about their upcoming shows here.
Featured image credit: Alles Banane
Did I miss any of your favorite theaters? Let me know what you think of the ones in this list or if you would add any others.
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