Sandy's performing arts center in early stages, already impressive

Sandy's performing arts center in early stages, already impressive (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) The construction of Utah's $65 million performing arts center is coming right along, with plans to open its doors in the fall of 2017.

Once finished, the new Hale Centre Theatre at 9900 Monroe Street will provide 130,000 square-feet of entertainment space. That includes a circular hole in the ground, 50-feet-wide, where a device will lift and move production equipment on and off center stage.

"I don't know of another theatre of this scale happening across the nation," said Sally Dietlein, co-founder of the original theatre with its current location in West Valley City. She says once completed, the theatre's technology will take your breath away.

Dietlein says the theatre's first production will come in September of 2017, with a showing of the musical performance "Forever Plaid."

"We'll open the smallest of the two theatres first and the large main stage will open next," she said.

At the moment, the new venue looks far from 'ready for business,' but the projections of its grandeur are easy to imagine with an inside look at the size of the construction currently underway.

"I have not heard a single person say to me that they have a problem with it," said Sandy City Mayor, Tom Dolan, who was a major factor in bringing the theatre to its new home.

Layton Construction is on the job, the same company that built Sandy City Hall 23 years ago.

"We've had a relationship with Hale Centre Theatre since they started dreaming about this project," said Layton Construction Executive Vice President, Jeff Beecher.

At the moment 90 builders are on the project. They're expecting more than 200 will be on the job at the peak of construction.

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