Academy Theatre

56 N. University Avenue,
Provo, UT 84601

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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas, Mann Theatres

Architects: James E. Allen

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Academy Theater Provo UT 1995

The Academy Theatre was opened May 9, 1941 by Joseph L. Lawrence and David K. Edwards, who also built the Villa Theatre, Southeast Theatre and Murray Theatre, all in the Salt Lake area.

The building was originally a skate rink and then became the main office of a utility company before it became a theatre. Carmike Cinemas closed the Academy Theatre on September 10, 1998 after opening a new 12-plex in the same general area.

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Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

William on December 6, 2003 at 3:21 pm

The Academy Theatre seated 752 people.

utahguy on February 21, 2005 at 6:29 pm

The Academy Theatre has also been demolished. I hadn’t been to Provo in 15 years and visited today and saw that both the Academy and the Paramount around the corner (which I used to manage) are gone.

kristya on March 5, 2005 at 7:44 pm

I am a student in Provo researching early movie theaters in Utah County. Was Academy the first theater, or does anyone have more detailed information?

utahguy on March 6, 2005 at 1:17 pm

The Academy was not the first movie theatre in Provo. The now-demolished Pantages/Paramount Theatre was built in 1914 but I don’t when it first started showing movies.

ghamilton on March 7, 2005 at 4:58 pm

The Paramount and the other one in the same block(Uinta?)had a lot more personality than the Academy,now all three are gone.How sad.the mini-wharehouses keep winning.I also went to the Art City in Springville and the old Grove in Pleasant Grove.There was or is a nice old place in American Fork too.During my way-too many years at BYU,I loved going up to SLC,with movie palaces lining State and Main Sts.Almost all gone.When the LDS church destroyed the “Promised Valley"place,it was a sad day.That was a beautiful facilty that SHOULD HAVE BEEN,AND COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED(pure greed by Zion Securities).The only remaining question is the fate of the UTAH THEATER.

ghamilton on June 11, 2005 at 3:45 pm

The Paramount and Uinta were both in the 100 East block of Center St.

kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Sorry to hear the Academy is no more…here’s a view from 1995:
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donkincheloe on April 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I worked at this Theater Dec 1980 – 1981. There that a very cool basement where the staff would sometimes play Dungon and Dragons. The Manager was Tracy Hickman, who now writes fantasy novels. The projectors were sooooo old. Great staff. Lots of fun.

Don K.

DavidZornig on May 30, 2017 at 8:41 am

1962 photo added credit Provo Historical Images.

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