About The Eccles Theater

Eccles Theater TerraceThe George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater is an exciting new performing arts center on Main Street in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, of Pelli-Clarke-Pelli Architects, the theater, featuring a grand six-story lobby with dramatic retractable glass walls, will be a beacon of light and energy on Main Street

The Eccles Theater promises to be a hub of activity year-round with indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces. The 2,500-seat theater will host national touring Broadway, concerts, comedy and other popular entertainment events; while the multi-use Regent Street Black Box at the Eccles Theater will see innovative local performances and community events. The six-story Grand Lobby will hold public art and events on the outdoor plaza will energize Regent Street. Encore, a full service bistro operated by Cuisine Unlimited, will round out the experience at the Eccles Theater.

Whether you come to the Eccles for a performance or a bite at the bistro, we hope you will take time to explore and enjoy the unique art installations in the Grand Lobby or engage in people watching from terraces overlooking Main Street.

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater Timeline

2014 – In June, ground was broken and the naming sponsor—the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation—was announced for the Eccles Theater.

2013 – Architectural design approved.

2012 – The Board of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City adopted an Owner Requirements Document establishing the design guidelines for the project in November 2012. The purpose of this document is to identify the core values of Salt Lake City related to the development of the project.

2012 – The team solicited input from the public through workshops and other community outreach activities to determine what aspirations they had for the theater and optional elements that might be included in the project from September – November 2012.

2012 –The architect team of Pelli Clarke Pelli and HKS was selected through a subsequent RFP in July 2012.

2012 –The project developer, Garfield Traub Swisher under contract to the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, issued an RFQ for architectural design services in May 2012, and received fourteen responses from local and national design teams.

2011 –Salt Lake City Council approves $15 million for project.

2008 –135 South Main Street on Block 70 announced as the preferred location for the construction of the New Performing Arts Center based on the Mayor’s Theater Action Group report and recommendations.

2007 –A large performance venue to complement existing arts facilities is listed as one of eight signature projects in the Downtown Rising plan.

2005 –A feasibility study commissioned by Salt Lake City RDA, Downtown Alliance, and Salt Lake County identifies the need and potential for a touring Broadway theater.

1990 – Salt Lake County identifies the need for additional arts facilities and commissions a study that recommends a new larger theater to accommodate touring Broadway to be built within ten years.

1962 – The Salt Lake Chamber introduces the Second Century Plan. To date, all projects are complete except for the envisioned performing arts center.


The design team of  Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and HKS Architects has extensive experience in designing world class theater venues; their design of the state-of-the-art Eccles Theater truly reflects the look, feel, and culture of Utah.


Founddesignteam_BOKed in 1977, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed some of the world’s most recognizable buildings. Their award-winning portfolio includes the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong. Their work for public and private clients includes academic buildings, libraries, performing arts centers, museums, research centers, office buildings, hotels, residences and master plans.




HKS Architects has offices in 27 locations around the globe, including Salt Lake City. Their work has been recognized around the world as award-winning and innovative. Their diverse portfolio includes Regions Field in Birmingham, Alabama, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond and the Guangzhou Stadium Master Plan and Conceptual Design. Utahns will likely recognize their work, too. In the state, their portfolio includes the well-known Montage Deer Valley Hotel, Spa and Residences and the Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre & Capitol Theatre Renovation.




Founded in 1953, Layton Construction’s work is based on the philosophy of “Constructing with Integrity” and have been garnering awards since their founding. Among many other projects in the state, they constructed the Emma Eccles Jones Conservancy at Westminster College, the Dolores Doré Eccles Performing Arts Center at Snow College and the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.