Broadway-style theater approved for SLC

Posted at 12:34 PM, Aug 15, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-16 02:34:44-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Plans to build a massive Broadway-style theater in downtown Salt Lake City were approved Tuesday night.

Supporters of the construction see it as part of the efforts to revitalize downtown along with the new City Creek Center.

"What we want and what we are moving towards is a downtown that some of us remember where the streets were a bustling center of activity," said Mayor Ralph Becker.

After years of back and forth, Salt Lake County leaders agreed to sign off on the $100 million theater on Tuesday evening.

By spring 2016, a start-of-the-art theater will be built between 100 South and 200 South in Salt Lake City.

The 2,500-seat theater will offer more touring Broadway shows, concerts and family shows.

Supporters say the center will attract businesses and new residents. But opponents of the project say it could hurt the other art centers already in business.

On Wednesday, Mayor Ralph Becker plans to announce the Salt Lake City based firm who will design the theater.