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Historic places and sights have always drawn the attention of visitors from all over the world. Everyone loves to be in a place which has a strong historical background attached with it. Peery's Egyptian Theatre is one such place that embodies a long history of Arts and culture.
This movie palace is located at 2439 Washington Blvd., in Ogden, Utah in the United States of America and is among the most sort after historic places in America. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and now stands as a Nation?s pride.
Peery's Egyptian Theatre is an Egyptian-style theater with its unique "atmospheric" ceiling, making it one of two that currently exist in use throughout the United States. It also remains Utah's only bona fide movie palace with such long history.
The Theatre started constructing in 1923 by the architectural firm of Hodgson & McClenahan. Harman and Louis Peery were the guiding forces behind the foundation of the theatre who wanted to name it "The Showplace of the West".
July 3, 1924 witnessed the historic opening of the Egyptian. Then in 1935, Twentieth Century-Fox, the chain which the Egyptian was part of, incorporated in and by 1951, it renovated the Egyptian and added many new and more splendid details to the theater.
A renovation of the theater's entrance increased the marquee size by fourfold and added new box office and a new ceiling to the lobby. The remodeling of 1961 met with mixed reactions as many of the details of the original theater were removed.
Pink curtains were accompanied by pink auditorium walls and a new, wider and larger screen was installed in front of the proscenium. Seating was capacity was reduced from 1,200 to 850 in an effort to increase the legroom and comfort of patrons. A reconditioning of the seats also occurred, further updating the standards.
In years to follow the place saw both good and hard luck. I t was in 1953 when the theatre saw the arrival of two new and important events not only for the theater but something that will soon take over filmmaking as well. One of the first 3-D movies ?It Came from Outer Space? was shown that year along with a Cinema Scope film ?The Robe?.
The two inner-proscenium columns were removed to accommodate the format of Cinema cope and a four-channel high-fidelity system was installed because of the increasing significance of stereophonic sound in movies.
Bas times started in 1984 when the theater was closed due to a health code violation. This act was taken as the end of glory of the Egyptian as it was threatened on many occasions with demolition.
However, the theater was purchased later on and was handed over to the Egyptian Theatre Foundation, which was created as a means to facilitate the refurbishment of the classic show house. Moreover Ogden City was given ownership of the building.
The theatre reclaimed the glory after some time complete as it was restored with the partnership of Weber County, Ogden City and Weber State University, the Egyptian Theatre Foundation, Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce and contributions from Dr. Louis S. and Jan Peery among others.
The classic Egyptian Theatre was reopened on January 17, 1997 with an expanded role from a movie house to that of a community theater and performing arts house. Today the structure embodies great facilities for the visitors.
It hosts several colorful events every year and attracts visitors from all over United States and other countries as well. So if you want to explore the cherished history of American Arts and architect, then visit this place on your next trip to Utah.