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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 theatre.

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," Jacobs added.

"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 process now."


Old Theater Will Become Shops, Offices
Salt Lake Tribune 13Sep00 A1
By Rebecca Walsh: Salt Lake Tribune


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