Ellen Eccles Theatre

 

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The theatre was built in 1923 after the original Thatcher Opera seats_001House burned in 1912, with a recent restoration to its original splendor in 1991. The Ellen Eccles Theatre is home to the largest full-production stage north of Salt Lake City. The Ellen Eccles Theatre Presents season provides a broad spectrum of the finest performing arts available. As our premiere program, you’ll find something for every artistic taste. Many local performing companies also utilize the Theatre including Utah Festival Opera, Cache Regional Theatre, and Cache Valley Civic Ballet. The atmosphere is magical, the space intimate, with flawless acoustics, exquisite sight lines, and state-of -the-art equipment. Just like ancient Egypt’s mythological Phoenix, the Ellen Eccles Theatre has been revived as the “Crown Jewel” of entertainment for Northern Utah and Cache Valley. This European style theatre accommodates 1,100 patrons and is a superb example neoclassical design. The ornate grand foyer, sweeping balconies, and exquisitely restored murals of the mythological Phoenix will enchant you.

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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

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YOUNG CHILDREN

For the enjoyment of all patrons, BABES-IN-ARMS AND CHILDREN UNDER 5 ARE NOT ADMITTED UNLESS OTHERWISE ADVERTISED.  All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.  Consider Unicorn Theater’s Saturday matinee Pillow Shows in the Bullen Center to introduce live theatre to your little ones.

 

LATECOMERS

Patrons arriving after curtain time or those leaving the auditorium during the performance will be seated at the first appropriate break or, if necessary, at intermission.  Seat locations printed on your tickets are not guaranteed past curtain time.  When traveling to the performance, please allow ample time for traffic delays and parking.  We accept no responsibility for inconvenience to latecomers or patrons leaving their seats.

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

PLEASE TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES, PAGERS, I-PODS, MP3 PLAYERS, LAPTOPS, ETC. PRIOR TO CURTAIN TIME.  Patrons expecting an emergency call are encouraged to leave their phone & seat number with our house manager.  TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR USING RECORDING EQUIPMENT IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE THEATRE.  Copyright laws prohibit photographing without the prior permission of the presenting organization.

 

WHEELCHAIR-ACCESSIBLE SEATING

Our theatre is accessible to patrons with disabilities; please indicate any special seating requests when ordering your tickets.  Arrive 30 minutes before curtain time to obtain assistance from our house manager.

 

ASSISTANCE FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED

Hearing enhancement devices are available at the concessions counter, free of charge, for each performance on a first-come, first-served basis.  A sign language interpreter may be provided upon request.  A minimum two-week advance notice is required to make arrangements for an interpreter.

 

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

Emergency exits are located throughout the theatre auditorium.  Please identify the emergency exit closest to your seat.  Should an emergency arise, you will be directed to leave the building by theatre personnel.  When exiting, please proceed in an orderly fashion to a safe area away from the building.

 

APPLAUSE & EXITING

Please remain in your seats until the end of the curtain call and until the theatre technicians have turned on the house lights for your safety.

 

BE COURTEOUS

Make this experience enjoyable for others around you by not talking during the performance.  Unlike a movie, which keeps going no matter what noise you make, the live actors on our stage may become distracted.  Thank you for your theatre etiquette.

 

FOOD & BEVERAGES

No eating or drinking is allowed in the theatre (with the exception of bottled water).

 

DRESS CODE

We have no official dress code at the theatre.

 

EXCHANGES

Tickets may be exchanged in advance for another performance of the same production.  Exchanges must be made at least 24 hours prior to the date & time of your tickets.  Exchanges are based on availability and comparable seats are not guaranteed.  A $2 fee per ticket exchanged will be assessed.

 

SERVICE FEES & DISCOUNTS

There is no additional fee for tickets purchased online or in person.  No reservations are accepted without payment.  Visit s623896627.onlinehome.us for a complete listing of our policies & procedures.  Ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

 

CAPACITY:1100 seats

PARKING

All performances are held at the Cache Valley Center for the Arts beautifully renovated Ellen Eccles Theatre. For information on available parking near the Ellen Eccles Theatre, please download the

Parking Map: Parking Map (pdf)

DIRECTIONS

The Cache Valley Center for the Arts is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Logan, an easy 85-minute drive north from the Salt Lake International Airport. Interstate 15 takes you on a scenic ride along the Wasatch Mountains, then through the beautiful Cache National Forest and Wellsville Canyon.

AIRPORTS

The Salt Lake International Airport is a hub for Delta Airlines and is served by all major domestic airlines. For airport info visit www.slcairport.com

or call 801-575-2400.

Airport Shuttle Services

The following companies offer convenient door-to-door service 24 hours a day with advance reservations.

  • Logan Taxi 435-753-3663
  • Cache Valley Limo’s Airport Shuttle: 435-563-6400
  • Airport Shuttle 435-755-5008

Local Public Transportation

Fare-free bus transportation operates within Logan and the Cache Valley area. Two express routes run directly to the USU campus every thirty minutes from the Transit Center. Visit www.ltdbus.orgfor specific route schedules.