Who We Are

Cache Valley Center for the Arts, CacheArts for short, is the Local Arts Agency for Cache County and Logan City. That means we work to promote the arts throughout our region.

This includes (but is not limited to!):

  • Managing Logan City’s arts facilities (the Ellen Eccles Theatre, Bullen Center and Thatcher-Young Mansion) which provide a venue for performances, a home for arts education, a marketplace for artists, and a gathering place for the community.
  • Serving as an arts incubator, nurturing creative entrepreneurs and serving as a fiscal sponsor for arts startups.
  • Activities at the Center:
    • Those we coordinate (nationally touring performing artist series, visual arts classes, Gallery Walk, Summer Art Camp)
    • Those we fiscally sponsor (Artists’ Gallery, New Horizons Orchestra, Logan Youth Shakespeare, ceramics, book and puppet making in the schools)
    • Independent programs that rehearse, teach or perform in our facility (Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, American Festival Chorus, Music Theatre West, Cache Children’s Choir, Cache Theatre Company, Cache Valley Civic Ballet, Valley Dance Ensemble, Unicorn Theatre, Hatch Academy of Magic and Music, Bloom refugee youth art program, Music for the Small and Tall, Uncommon Collective after school teen support group, and individual music instruction).

The Center is a major economic driver, with $1,800,000 in ticket sales and class registrations each year, more than 80% of which is generated by our independent users.

How We Do It

Our small staff, ticket office clerks, building representatives and backstage crew support all these activities and we receive generous support from the Wasatch Logan Arts Foundation and Restaurant Tax funds that offset our operating costs so that we can keep rental rates low – less than half of what we would have to charge without that support.

Grassroots Artistic Community Organization

Cache Arts is also the anchor organization and coordinator of the grassroots Cache Valley Arts Summit which has been meeting for over ten years.

This network of more than 20 arts organizations meets quarterly to coordinate calendars, discuss issues of common concern and plan activities of mutual benefit. The Summit groups publish a quarterly calendar of arts events. They established the Cache Valley Arts District in 2007, advocated for reauthorization of the Restaurant, Arts, Parks and Zoos tax in 2012 (which passed with 84% of the popular vote, the highest local option reauthorization that year).

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Bruce Cook – Chair
Rick Arnell, CPA – Treasurer
Holly Daines – Vice Elect
Shawn Bailey
Shane Larson, MD
Kris Beckstead
Sue Measom
Richie Call
Steve Neeley
Kristie Cooley
Gary Olsen
Helen Cooper
Angie Peterson
Laurie Fifield
Danny Russell
Tom Jensen
Joe Saxton
Founding Trustees

Gary AndersonMichael Ballam, Jonathan Bullen,

Ruth Call, Ralph Clark, Steven Croshaw, Holly Daines,

Sandra Emile, John Emmett, Boyd Israelsen, Nancy Law,

Dean Madsen, Sid Perkes, Douglas Swenson, Steve Stokes,

Eugene Tueller, & Kathryn Wanlass

Performing arts facilities have been a vital part of life in Cache Valley for at least 126 years. In 1912, when the 800-seat Thatcher Opera House was destroyed by fire, George and Brigham Thatcher envisioned an ornate, first-class theatre to replace it, in the backyard of the Thatcher-Young Mansion.

The theatre they envisioned became reality 12 years later when the new Capitol Theatre opened on March 23, 1923. At the hefty price of $250,000, the beautiful new theatre boasted a fly system, excellent acoustics, and an opulent interior. Named for its rival in Salt Lake City, the Capitol Theatre contributed to the image of Logan as “the Athens of Utah” and for the next few decades it was at the heart of cultural activities in Cache Valley.

The beautiful structure was grand enough to attract the great entertainers: Abbot and Costello, John Philip Sousa, the Marx Brothers, and George Burns and Gracie Allen. Live performances shared the stage with films, which became dominant through the 1930’s. Thousands of avid moviegoers flocked to the theatre until television emerged in the 1950’s. The crowds waned and films shared the space with community productions.

By the 1980s, the Capitol Theatre had suffered from years of neglect. The ornate plasterwork had been painted industrial green, burlap sacks covered the stunning murals portraying the mythical phoenix bird, and a massive plywood wall blocked the stage. Some spoke of demolishing the building to provide additional parking. A few visionary citizens, seeing a greater potential, united the community in an ambitious $4.3 million project to restore the theatre and create the adjacent Bullen Center. As a result of this grass roots effort, the building was transferred to the City of Logan, becoming a community theatre in the very best sense. Thousands of volunteer hours were contributed to the effort, and on Jan. 8, 1993, the Capitol Theatre was reopened and renamed the Ellen Eccles Theatre in honor of early Logan resident and philanthropist Ellen Stoddard Eccles.

Like the mythological Phoenix, which perishes in the fire and is reborn in the ashes, the Ellen Eccles Theatre is more vibrant than ever. Nationally recognized performers have graced the stage, and commented on the quality of the acoustics and the facility. The Ellen Eccles Theatre, the “crown jewel” of Cache Valley, is once again at the heart of the arts in Cache Valley.

More Historical Information

The Thatchers: George W. Thatcher Sr., a wealthy entrepreneur, earned his money in the railroad business. An amateur actor, he managed the Salt Lake Theater Company and decided to build the Thatcher Opera House in the Thatcher Bank Building on the corner of Center St and Main. He died Dec. 23, 1902. His son, George W. Thatcher Jr., built the Capitol Theatre. George W. and his cousin, Brigham George Thatcher, also built the Lyric Theatre on Center Street between Main Street and 100 West, within a year of the Thatcher Opera House fire. The Lyric was used for vaudeville, live plays, and as a movie house until the Thatcher heirs donated it to Utah State University in 1959.

The Thatcher Opera House:  Built in 1890 on the two top floors of the Thatcher Bank Building, made of red brick and white flagstone on the corner of Main St. and Center, where now stands the Wells Fargo Bank. George W. Thatcher, Sr. believed that it would add to the significance of the building. A band and orchestra utilized the building and performed inside the theatre and throughout the state. It had the seating capacity of 800, and was