Century 21

200 E. 3300 South,
South Salt Lake, UT 84115

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Previously operated by: Century Theatres, Syufy Enterprises

Architects: Vincent G. Raney

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Century 21

Century 21 opened on October 20, 1967 with Lee Marvin in “Point Blank”. It had 985 seats and a 80-foot curved screen (the second-largest in Utah). The theater’s domed ceiling was 155 feet high.

In 1969, a duplicate building, Century 22, was built across the street from the original. Only a few years after they opened, both buildings fell victim to the trend of splitting large theaters. Century 22 was split into two screen and Century 21 into three.

In the late-1980’s or early-1990’s, four small square theaters were added onto the Century 22 building. But the theaters were not maintained well, and severe water damage forced the permanent closing of the Century 21’s screens.

In 1998, both buildings were demolished so the space could be used as a parking lot for the new all-THX Century 16 theaters, which were built on an adjacent lot.

Contributed by Grant Smith

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

op712 on April 3, 2005 at 3:31 am

Going to see a movie, such as “Towering Inferno”, in the summer of 1975, was a treat at the Century 21 and that HUGE curved screen. Then I saw “Tommy” at the 22 and the 23 (being the other side was split for a twin. Finally, the last film I saw at the 23 was “Star Trek I” but unfortunate a very uneventful experience was experienced. This was the beginning of the end for the Century 21 complex. Miss those “domes” – Monte

In3rdmillennium on December 14, 2015 at 11:11 pm

This was where I saw my 1st R movie, A Clockwork Orange. This also was where I saw Animal House the 1st time. All of my siblings, and their significant others decided to go see it together. It’s a great memory. I believe the movie influenced me in deciding to attend college :)

MSC77 on December 26, 2021 at 11:47 am

Here’s a new 4-page 50th anniversary FIDDLER ON THE ROOF retrospective featuring a roadshow playdate chronology and historian Q&A. Century 21’s run* is mentioned in the piece.

*This engagement, when combined with the Century 23 “moveover,” was, I believe, the longest run of FIDDLER in North America.

rivest266 on April 4, 2022 at 11:17 pm

Some dates: Century 22 opened in a separate building on November 13th, 1969, which in turn was split up into Century 22 and 23 on March 1st, 1972. The Century 21 building is split up into three cinemas on November 28th, 1975. On September 28th, 1990, an extension was added to the original Century 22 building with four more screens for a total of nine screens.

rivest266 on April 4, 2022 at 11:17 pm

Four grand opening ads posted.

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