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Out front Parker Theatre

Location History

Parker Theatre is a nonprofit 501c3 organization and was founded in 1985 by Thomas W. Parker and Joanne M. Parker.


The theatre known as City Rep initially performed in spaces such as Abravanel Hall, Kingsbury Hall and the Capitol Theatre. A 100 seat theatre was set up in the ZCMI mall and then eventually moved to the Utah Theatre in 1988. When the Utah Theatre was sold in 1992, the organization moved to the former Bowers Furniture building at 638 S. State Street and was remodeled to a 250 seat theatre.


In 2007 the theatre was reorganized and moved temporarily moved its operations to the former Ballet West Training Center at 237 S. State. The building was remodeled and had a 99 seat theatre with wrap around seating on three sides.


In June of 2011, a permanent home for the organization was established with the purchase of the historic Avalon movie theatre and an extensive remodeling project commenced with an opening of April 2012.

The Soda Fountain

in 2016 Parker Theatre opened an old fashion style soda fountain for our concessions. The space was completely remodeled in an authentic 1930s style with fixtures and finishes to delight patrons.


An on site chef creates show themed treats along with delicious house made brownies, cookies and handmade sodas. Detail and quality ingredients are a top priority at the Parker Theatre Soda Fountain.

The Soda Fountain at the Parker Theatre
The Parker Theatre Studio
Inside the Parker Theatre Studio

The Studio

in 2018, Parker Theatre purchased the building to the north of the main theatre and remodeled it with a lobby, classroom and a 99 seat theatre. The Studio hosts our after school theatre school programs, summer camps and smaller performances such as our Magic Shows. 

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