The Egyptian Theater
In the early 1900’s Park City’s social and entertainment needs were served by a number of flourishing theaters and social halls. When the Dewey Theatre, originally on this site, collapsed under a heavy snow load, John Rugar replaced it with the Egyptian Theater built in 1926. It was designed to seat 400 and to accommodate both movies and vaudeville. It became the first “sound movie” theater in Park City.
After being remodeled in 1963, the building opened as the Silver Wheel Theatre, and old fashioned “meller dramas” were performed for the next 15 years. In 1978 the building’s architectural integrity was threatened by an attempt to change its facade to a western motif. Preservation of its distinctive Egyptian features was achieved, however, when the building became home of Park City Performances in 1981.
The Egyptian Revival Style represents a unique period architecture which peaked in American around 1930. Egyptian theaters are rare, and this is only one of two remaining in Utah. Originally the interior combined replicas of Egyptian artifacts. This is a masonry structure with a false front shielding its hip roof. Tiles at the base of the ticket booth and pilistars in obelisk shape reinforce the Egyptian motif.
San Jose’s Century 21, Century 22, Century 23 Dome Theaters are a classic site to locals. My mother told me about growing up near them and going there often. It was also known as Winchester 21 it is located just off Winchester Blvd across the street from the Winchester Mystery House.
El Portal Theatre
Architect: Charles Alexander MacNelledge
Opened: June 21, 1928
Located on Fremont Street, this building was Las Vegas‘ cultural center for many years. Its 700seat auditorium and elegant Spanish motif lobby were used for films, plays, music recitals, vaudeville shows, high school graduations and other social events.
This was also the first Air-conditioned building in Las Vegas.
Here are a few old photos I found online:
The Electric Theatre was built in 1911 by the St. George Amusement Company at a cost of $7,500. Builders include Charlie Whipple, Johnnie Pymm, and Sherman Hardy. The walls of the 220-seat theatre are adobe and are nearly three feet thick. It was the first air-conditioned building in St. George. The theatre opened on September 6, 1911.
R. M. Reber purchased the Electric Theatre in 1930 for $10,000. He remodeled it. A contest offered five dollars to the person who could come up with the best name for the theatre after which it was renamed the Gaiety Theatre.
The Electric Theatre was totally renovated in 1991 by R. M. Reber. The name Electric Theatre was restored.
The Electric Theatre stopped showing movies after 1999.
In April 2003, the Flowers family reopened the Electric for music, bands, and live entertainment. 143 seats are available to the public on the main floor of the auditorium. The balcony is reserved for bands and their guests and includes 50 seats, couches, tables, and a buffet table.
In February of 2013, the city purchased the Electric Theatre and three other parcels surrounding the theatre for $950,000 from Craig & Linda Flowers.
The property was renovated.
The new Electric Theatre Complex had a grand opening on August 28-29, 2015 with a dedication ceremony on the 28th.
Peery’s Egyptian Theater was built after the fiery demise of the Arlington Hotel in 1923. Harman and Louis Peery devised a plan to build a grand theater, “The Showplace of the West”. The architectural firm of Hodgson & McClenahan, notable for many important Wasatch Front landmarks, was hired for the task. They took cues from many of the most famous western theaters, including Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, and settled upon an Egyptian-themed showhouse.
Construction began in 1923 on the cleared area left from the Arlington Hotel, and incidentally, the location of the Peerys’ first Ogden home. Ten months passed, and on July 3, 1924, the Egyptian opened. The first feature played at the new theater was Zane Grey’s Wanderer of the Wasteland. This “natural color” silent film was accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer, the Egyptian’s famous pipe organ.
The first “talking picture” was In Old Arizona, shown in 1929. This downgraded the role of the house pipe organ, which was occasionally used during intermissions and other programs. In 1960, the organ was removed and put into storage.