The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater
In October 2016, the opening of the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater ushered in a new era of performing arts in Utah. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, the Eccles Theater boasts beautiful design, lively performance spaces, and tremendous community support.
The Eccles Theater is a performance destination. In its first year, the Eccles Theater hosted 197 performances and more than 350,000 patrons. These unprecedented attendance numbers are not surprising though, as Utahans attend more performing arts events than any state in the nation, according to a 2016 study done by the Americans for the Arts.
The inaugural year of the Broadway at the Eccles season and Live at the Eccles series truly had events for everyone. We hosted Broadway hits including Beautiful, the Carole King Musical and Matilda; concerts from Morrissey to Johnny Mathis to Amos Lee; and spoken word events from Neil DeGrasse Tyson and David Sedaris.
Our performance spaces include the 2,500-seat, Delta Performance Hall, built for touring productions, concerts, comedy and family events. The versatile 150-seat Regent Street Black Box is a blank canvas, allowing the space to become a theater, a dance stage, a lecture hall, or a reception space. The outdoor McCarthey Plaza ties the Eccles with Regent Street and is a unique urban setting for music, parties, and other gatherings.
The 2017-18 season promises to be as exciting and varied as the first year – with Hamilton and the new tour of Phantom of the Opera; comedians Tim Allen and John Cleese; music from the Doobie Brothers, Lindsey Stirling and Huey Lewis and the News; the Ballet West National Choreographic Festival and pop culture favorites Down the Rabbit Hole and Markiplier.
Finally, the Eccles Theater is a true community project. From its earliest planning stages, the public participated in workshops and meetings with the architects to help determine the types of performance spaces needed. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County and the Legacy Donors contributed the funds to construct the venue.
Local purveyor, Cuisine Unlimited offers pre-show fare at its Encore Bistro and unique concessions offerings and beers to enjoy in the theater. In addition, the Eccles Theater inspired the renovation and revitalization of Regent Street, just east of the venue. Regent Street is now a lively urban street and is host to new local restaurants and retail establishments.
If you have not been to the Eccles Theater yet, come down and visit. Get tickets to your favorite show at artsaltlake.org and enjoy all that the Theater has to offer – great entertainment, good food and amazing ambience.