Summarized by Eileen Bell
Time for S.L. County to Keep Promise on Playhouse?
Salt Lake Tribune 2Jun99 L2
By Brandon Loomis: Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Heritage Foundation and Salt Lake County officials have begun
considering funding options for the restoration of the Promised Valley
Playhouse. The county wants the LDS Church to donate the theater to
the county, rather than sell it and run the risk of it being demolished.
94 year old building hasn't been used for several years, as the Church
gets ready for the new theatre that will be part of the big meeting center
that the Church is building across from Temple Square.
County commissoner Brent Overson says the Church has been patient
with the lack of action by the county in the years since the theater was
closed. "They've been so gracious." But he thinks the county now has
to get a plan in gear. "Six months is the most we have to work with."
Restoration of the old playhouse is estimated at about 24 million
dollars U.S. Ed Augustine is with Pathfinder, a group that helps line up
private funding to help governments with arts projects like the playhouse.
He says, "It's not just about preserving the theater. It's about
The Promised Valley Playhouse was first called "The Orpheum." The LDS
Church bought the well-loved building in 1970.