Salt Lake City is home to some thrilling entertainment venues. Whether you’re into music, art, theater, education or sports, you will find the finest quality events along the Wasatch Front.
If you’re shopping for Salt Lake City homes for sale, take time to get familiar with the event venues surrounding the neighborhoods in which you want to buy. No matter where you are in the Salt Lake and Utah valleys, you’re not far from a world-class venue.
Today I’d like to tell you about three such venues owned and operated by the Center for the Arts, a division of Salt Lake County. The three venues are:
- Abravanel Hall
- Capitol Theatre
- Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
123 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah
Located in the heart of Salt Lake County, Abravanel Hall is known for brilliant acoustics, a grand lobby and a spectacular view of the sprawling city below it (among many other things). This is the home of the Utah Symphony.
If you are looking for a classic experience in cultural enrichment, Abravanel Hall is definitely the place to be. Owned by the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts, this beautiful location features concerts, lectures and films. It has a seating capacity of 2,768 and is only 15 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport.
50 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
Just to see the architecture of the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City seems like it should be enough. The ornate center was built in 1913 as the Orpheum Theatre according to an online article published by Salt Lake County’s Arts and Culture.
It was designed to serve as a vaudeville house. The concept is said to have come from France. The theatre hosted a variety of acts including farce musicals, animal acts, and more. At the time, operators are said to have been very particular about the acts they allowed to perform in their magical house of art.
In 2019 the theatre underwent a nearly $11 million renovation that took six months to complete. I re-opened in the fall that year with a fresh new face on a rare gem celebrated for its elegance and grandeur.
Today, it houses Ballet West, the Utah Opera, the Children’s Dance Theatre, and Broadway Across America – Utah.
The theatre seats 1,876. Concerts, plays, lectures, dances, and more are performed there. Even if you don’t live in Salt Lake City, it’s worth the trip just to experience a performance there. The theatre is just 15 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport and is easily accessed via I-15.
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W. Broadway (300 South)
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101
The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (lovingly referred to as “The Rose,”) is a versatile performance venue. It features three theaters, permanent art installations, and a rotating art gallery. It was built in 1997 thanks to a determined Performing Arts Coalition, Salt Lake County, and the Salt Lake Redevelopment Agency. It is built where the home of Izzi and Jeanne (Je-Nay) Wagner once stood.
The venue includes the Jeanne Wagner Theater , the Leona Wagner Black Box Theater, and the Studio Theater.
This center, conceived by the Performing Arts Coalition, came to fruition due to a need for rehearsal space for tenants at the Capitol Theatre. The Coalition also recognized a need for affordable space to meet the growing demands of multiple performing arts companies.
The Rose was designed to help artists experiment with a multitude of styles and performances in an intimate space. Shows run the gamut here from very modern to very traditional.
Many celebrated cultural organizations call The Rose their home including:
- Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation
- Plan-B Theatre Company
- Pygmalion Productions
- Repertory Dance Theatre
- Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Salt Lake City’s and Salt Lake County’s artistic community works hard to bring the best of the arts to Utah’s capital city.
Whether you are in town to visit one of these (or any other) entertainment venues, or explore the area, feel free to give me a call at 801-673-3333. I would be thrilled to direct you to more of the area’s natural and manmade wonders.