The Utah Theater - Future home of Utah Film and Media Arts Center

The Utah Theatre is located at 148 Main Street, and is one of the city’s cultural treasures, which is not obvious from its dilapidated and boarded-up exterior. The theatre was designed by B. Marcus Priteca, built in 1919 for vaudeville, and later converted into a film theatre. Currently, the building is being developed as a Film and Media Arts Center.

The Salt Lake region is a leader in producing and showcasing independent film and in digital media incubation, and independent film brings in more than $70 million dollars to the state annually. The film and media arts coalition hopes to renovate the historic theatre into an 800-seat multi-use venue, national archive, and digital media cafe which would provide several services, including: film programming, particularly independent and documentary films; incubation for digital media, such as gaming; film festivals; youth education and multimedia classroom space; and community screenings.

The center will house several local non-profits, will host out-of-state filmmakers, and will provide 365 days of active use. The project has undergone a feasibility study and is now being studied for individual programming elements, that include such possibilities as a national archive, entering the design and construction phase.