Broadway Theatre

65 E. Broadway,
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Styles: Egyptian

Previous Names: New Isis Theatre, Colony Theatre, Tower Mid-Town Theatre, Towne Theatre, Palace Theatre

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The Isis Theatre was located in downtown Salt Lake City and opened in by March 1908. It reopened as the New Isis Theatre on August 19, 1932. On July 21, 1935 it was renamed Broadway Theatre. On May 6, 1953 it was renamed Colony Theatre and then the Tower Mid-Town Theatre from December 23, 1960. On April 7, 1962 it became the Towne Theatre and began screening adult movies. On January 10, 1973 it was renamed Palace Theatre which was closed down by the authorities on June 1976.

It reopened as the Broadway Theatre on December 29, 1976 and finally closed around 1984.

Contributed by Grant Smith

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 29, 2009 at 1:24 am

I found mentions of the Broadway Theatre in various issues of Boxoffice Magazine from 1941 to 1960. The earliest mention I’ve found for the Towne Theatre is 1965 (it was showing Russ Meyer’s soft-core hit “Fanny Hill” at the time.) I’ve found no mentions in Boxoffice of the Isis in Salt Lake at all.

However, the ever-popular Utah Theatres web site has a whole page on the place, with still more aka’s, and the sad but useful information that it has been demolished. There’s also a discrepancy between the closing date of 1976 at the top of their page and the text below that which says it was known as the Broadway Theatre (the third time it had used that name) from 1976 until 1984. The 1983 American Classic Images photo supports the text.

But, yes, it should be the Broadway Theatre, with aka’s of Isis Theatre, Colony Theatre, Tower Midtown Theatre, Towne Theatre, and Palace Theatre.

zippyut on March 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

In the early 70’s adult movies were shown at this theater. Deep Throat and The Devil and Miss Jones played there as a double feature.

rivest266 on April 2, 2022 at 3:41 pm

Nine grand opening ads posted.

Ossraa on March 17, 2023 at 3:49 pm

I’ve seen reference to a Broadway theater in Salt Lake way back in 1914. Maybe it was a different theater with the same name? It played one of the silent Oz films.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 17, 2023 at 4:10 pm

Ossraa: Yes there was an earlier Broadway Theatre, located at 63 E. 3rd Street by 1914.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2023 at 7:31 pm

The University of Utah has a photo of the Isis Theatre dated March 2, 1908. This must have been one of the earliest movie theaters to use Egyptian-inspired design.

Do note that the 1932 grand opening ad gives strong indications that this was a re-opening of a renovated theater, including the line “[t]he same courteous treatment that has always been extended to their patrons which has made the house famous all over the state will be continued.” Multiple sources on the Internet say that the Isis was open by 1908.

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