Based on demand, it would seem a second theatre ought to be established further
North, in Layton perhaps? I like theatre such as Hale presents, but not to
commute on I-15 in late evening all the way from Roy to Sandy,
I've never liked the current location. The e-center and Hale seem slightly
odd as neighbors and more importantly it just doesn't seem like the right
location for the business of a playhouse. There are so many more locations in
the valley that get more daily traffic and are located near more restaurants,
etc. I'm sure everyone loved it there, so I'm not ragging on it. But I
think it's nice to see a move. I hope it does them well.
This seems like reckless spending to me. $65 million is a lot of money,
especially when there is a perfectly good theater in West Valley, with plenty of
parking, and plenty of surrounding restaurants, and great freeway access. Who
is gonna pay for this extravagant new theater in Sandy? Taxpayers? I hope not.
@The Mtn Man - the current location is too small for all of the business it
does, and can't accommodate all the theater-goers. Plus, it's in
constant competition with the Maverik Center for parking when both have events
going. Besides, the old theater isn't going to be useless. WVC can now have
other events there.My only concern is that the location of the new
theater is a bit difficult to get to, and the surrounding infrastructure
doesn't seem adequate to accommodate all that added traffic before and
after shows. Trax is close by, but that means a lot more pedestrians in the area
around those times. I hope the city is planning for all that.
For as long as the e-Center (Hale) has been in its location I have never really
known what that place is. At first I thought it was a low use sports arena or
convention center and the only time I have seen it used is when Copper Hills
High school used it for graduation ceremonies and outside as a charity flea
market once.Its location in not very convenient and the majority of
local business is hotels and restaurants serving hotel guests during daylight
hours. One road access and exit is nightmarish for any practical use. I do
remember that it was very frustrating when leaving the venue with traffic backed
up and very slow moving so many vehicles out of its parking lot.I
have to agree that the move is smart and necessary if this business wants to
move forward and expand its venues.The $65 million cost is
irrelevant, its a private concession not funded by tax payers, I think, and
cheap considering they can sell the old house to pay for the new house. Sandy
city is recovering $6.5M funds that could have been lost in illegal real-estate
The current theater is centrally located in the Valley. It's too far for
me to drive to Sandy. I guess that means I'll be done with Hale Theater.
Hale Center Theatre is a private organization that pays its own way. They do
not accept government grants. They make it because they provide a product
people want. Unlike other theatre groups around the area, they are independent.
They can spend any amount they want to on a new theatre. It's their
money. I'm just glad they're doing so well that they can afford it.
Will we see a raise in the ticket prices next year? That is my concern. We have
been season ticket holders for several years. We have always come away from Hale
Theatre satisfied. This is an amazing venue for this community. There is
outstanding talent here in this valley, and we have loved every performance we
have attended! Ticket pricing will now be the determining factor for us to
Can't wait to seee HOW MUCH taxpayers are on hook for this. I hope Sandy
residents (my apologies to Sandy residents)will be footing the bill instead of
the rest of the county or the state.Its interesting that the article
doesn't tell us those facts!Public financing - private profits
The Utah way!!
Leg room! Nuff Said!
I have to sit on the front row due to lack of leg room and sometimes I hang my
feet out into the set. More leg room would be good.
Dear 1conservative: The taxayers are not paying for this. It is a private
group and they pay their own way. That's the real American way. I agree
with you, though. It was ridiculous for the taxpayers to pay for the Real Salt
Lake stadium. That was wrong.
Good for Hale Centre Centre and kudos to Mark and Sally. They have done a
tremendous job in providing clean, first class entertainment to the State and
they will no doubt be even more successful in their new venue. Congratulations.
I am the real mountain man. And I speak for all men of the mountains. Hale
theatre is a gem stone in our community. They want to own not lease.
Didn't west valley figure that one out?
They should move downtown rather than build a new downtown in Sandy
MYTH: Hale Center Theater does not ask for government funds.FACT:
Hale Center Theater HAS received $ 87,000 yearly and their lobbyist has
requested another $ 2,000,000 MORE from the legislature to help them move.
@CatsNot a single penny of tax dollars went to the Real Salt Lake
stadium. Despite what you read in the papers, it was 100% privately financed.
Do some research...get the facts.
Hale Center receives $87K from the State Legislature (and have asked for $2M
more), receive ZAP funds from Salt Lake County, and have just spent two years
pitting Sandy and West Valley against each other to get the maximum municipal
incentives possible. So saying that they pay their own way is not totally
accurate. What you can say is that they are politically astute and know how to
work the system.
Wrong move. Utah county has a hale Theater. WVC was a drive from Davis County
but not too bad. I won't be driving to Sandy. It should stay closer to
downtown. Pioneer Theater will be my new theater.
The old location has much better Trax access than does the new one. Hale is
currently a five minute walk from a Green Line station on Decker Lake Drive. The
new location will require patrons taking Trax to cross State Street and walk
along 100th South for fifteen minutes. That is pretty lame to me.
@ DRay and others up north concerned about the distance to Sandy: If you
haven't yet taken in a show at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre in Centerville,
you're in for a treat. The venue is brand new (well, a couple of years
old), and features many of the same cast members you're used to seeing at
Hale Centre Theatre. And, thankfully, you will also see high-quality,
family-friendly shows that you've become used to at Hale. It is a
stone's throw from the Centerville I-15 exit and has plenty of parking.My family has thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment offered on both the
main stage and in the "black box" theatres. We also attend 3-4 shows a
year at Hale, though that may diminish with the increased distance. Both
organizations seem to sell out their 530-seat venues on a fairly regular basis,
so the market for family theater must be alive and well in Utah.
Some considerations:1. the theater should have a gallery similar to the
Pioneer Theater's Loge gallery where artists display paintings during a
play's showing period. The Theater would take a 30% commission on works
sold, which would help defray costs while also stimulating the visual art of
painting in the community.2. the current Hale has foot room for children,
not adults like me. There is little room for people on the way to their seats to
move over seated guests. 3. parking at the current Hale is woefully
inadequate, which encroaches on the parking for the cinemas next door. Calculate
one parking space / 1.8 guests.4. what would keep an enterprising theater
troupe from continuing similar theater offerings in the West Valley building?
Thespians and dramaturgs, go for it!!5. Trax access is essential for the
future. Don't mess up that aspect.