Promised Valley Playhouse

132 S. State Street,
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 3, 2022 at 5:21 pm

I see that the 1940 Lake Theatre grand opening ad credits the local firm of Fetzer & Fetzer as architects of that year’s remodeling. Multiple generations of Fetzers were active in the firm over the years, but as of 1940 it appears that John Peter Fetzer Sr. and Henry Peter Fetzer were the principals.

rivest266 on April 3, 2022 at 6:28 am

6 grand opening ads posted.

rivest266 on April 3, 2022 at 6:04 am

reopened as RKO Orpheum on September 11th, 1929

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm

In 1920, this house was known as Loew’s Casino Theatre. A biography of vaudevillian Ted Healy says that he appeared there August 9-15, 1920. A notice in the October 23, 1919 issue of Engineering News-Record said that Loew’s Enterprises planned to spend $150,000 on alterations to the Casino Theatre in Salt Lake City. Plans for the project were by Thomas Lamb.

nitngale on April 24, 2018 at 1:09 pm

I agree this was a tragedy!!! I was pregnant with my 4th child when I was in the production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Promise Valley Playhouse in 1981. My husband and I preformed as Bennie and Susan in Desert Song in 1989 less than 6 months before my husband passed away. My 4 children went to many productions there. The playhouse has many wonderful memories for me and my family. It gave people in the community an opportunity to show off their talents, or give them that get away they needed that only the theater can give. Two of my daughters graduated college in the field of theater. Where can you go to have that experience now? So many of the live theater’s use their already established cast/talents, so the possibility of getting a part during tryouts is slim at best.

kencmcintyre on August 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm

It has not been demolished, correct?

ghamilton on September 17, 2005 at 4:36 am

I attended this theater often during one period of my life,as it was only two blocks from my apt.It was the first theater my first newborn child went to(he’s 35 now).SLC now has just 2 left out of many,and the jury is still out on one(UTAH).This is just so sad and wasn’t the way it should have been.“seismic upgrades"have been the excuse to destroy many bldgs in the West.

ghamilton on September 16, 2005 at 11:46 am

These photos from the Utah theaters site via Mr.Memory show what a tragic,stupid waste that the destruction of this beauty was.The justifications for this slaughter were boiled down to one word-greed for profit at the cost of the soul of the city these pratts claim to care so much about.It’s a good thing I don’t have to sustain Zion Securities functionaries as Prophets,seers and revelators at general conference next month.I’d have to become a baptist.`

ghamilton on March 7, 2005 at 5:11 pm

The books were cooked to justify destroying this place.It was soooo gorgeous.

William on December 6, 2003 at 4:03 pm

During the 50’s when it was called the Lyric it seated 1160 people.