Summarized by Rosemary Pollock
LDS Church Will Keep Promised Valley Playhouse, Will Become Shops, Offices
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Promised Valley Playhouse, a 95-year-old
theatre, will be redesigned with office and retail shops and
additional parking spaces by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. Talk of donating it to Salt Lake County never materialized
despite hopes for a $24 to $30 million dollar project to transform it
into a fine-arts facility.
LDS Church Presiding Bishop, H. David Burton, said the church needs
the space after all. "We feel that the addition of these elements
will contribute to a vibrant and active downtown Salt Lake City,"
church spokesman Michael Purdy said. Salt Lake County has since
hired consultants for a review of the need for another downtown
Ballet West director Johann Jacobs said, "We need a permanent home."
Ballet West is no different from other performing companies trying to
squeeze into limited spaces. "Space is at a premium for all of us,"
"The solution to another theater is going to be pushed back probably
for several years," Overson said. "I don't know what else we can do.
We could build a new theater ourselves. This is just a longer
Old Theater Will Become Shops, Offices
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By Rebecca Walsh: Salt Lake Tribune