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George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater

Salt Lake City, UT
185,000 sq ft

The Eccles Theater is the region’s premier entertainment venue and a contemporary landmark for Salt Lake City. The project was carefully coordinated with city and county arts groups to provide a flexible performance space for local and visiting performers on a relatively compact urban site.

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The design of the 2,500-seat Delta Hall recalls the southern Utah canyons on a starry night, and was designed to support dance, amplified and natural acoustic performances. Three tiers of seating with excellent sight lines provide an intimate experience for both audiences and performers.

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The lobby on Main Street features a glass wall which can open to extend gatherings and events onto the sidewalk. The interior features cypress wood ceilings which extend above the outdoor limestone-framed terraces, and glass railings designed by glass artist Paul Housberg.

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The program and design of the building on Regent Street was critical for the theater and the city as part of the development of mid-block walkways which connect pedestrians with the entire city. Three large loading bays provide direct access to the stage and double as a public plaza, with a separate entry and lobby for the 150-seat flexible theater which functions as rehearsal space and performance space for the region’s many arts organizations.

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Design Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Design Team Leader: Gina Narracci

2017 World Architecture News Award
2017 AIA Connecticut Honor Award
2017 Utah Award of Merit, American Planning Association
2017 Silver Award, International Economic Development Council

Photographs © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO