NEW HAVEN, Conn. (June 3, 2014) – Salt Lake City leaders broke ground for a new performing arts center by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and announced the building’s new name: the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater. At the festive ceremony, Mayor Ralph Becker also announced that the theater's 2,500-seat performance hall would be named for Delta Air Lines. The building is slated to open in 2016.
The Eccles Theater is planned as the region's premier entertainment venue. The state-of-the-art theater will attract first-run touring Broadway shows and concerts and will provide an additional venue for Utah performance groups. Located at 131 South Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City, the building will anchor a vibrant arts district.
The design draws from the theater’s surroundings, particularly a glassy office tower to be built to the north and the Tribune Building, a 1920s brick-clad tower to the south. The theater’s primarily glass Main Street façade echoes the vertical rhythm of the Tribune Building in its mullions, sunshades and integrated banners. A large L-shaped frame of limestone, a material used in prominent Salt Lake City buildings, separates the performing arts center from the office tower. A smaller frame defines the glowing and transparent lobby winter garden. Along the masonry-clad Regent Street facade, shops and outdoor dining will overlook a bustling new plaza that will host performances and festivals.
The theater is a joint venture of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County and is designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in association with HKS Architects.