SANDY — It’s official: Hale Centre Theatre will have a new home in Sandy by 2017.
Theater co-founders Mark and Sally Dietleinannounced Monday that they have reached an agreement with the city of Sandy to build an upgraded facility on 11 acres at 9950 S. Monroe St., close to 10000 South and I-15.
At its current West Valley City location, the theater receives about 255,000 unique visitors annually. It has been operating at more than 100 percent capacity for the past two years.
"In order for the theater to continue to achieve its mission of providing family-friendly, live entertainment by and for the community, we needed to look at opportunities for expansion."
“This is a day long coming and a day of celebration,” said Rob Brough, chairman of the Hale Centre Theatre Board of Trustees. “In order for the theater to continue to achieve its mission of providing family-friendly, live entertainment by and for the community, we needed to look at opportunities for expansion.”
West Valley City officials ended negotiations to keep the theater in their city earlier this month, saying they had made every accommodation possible and were doubtful theater owners wanted to stay and expand there.
Sandy had been negotiating with theater officials for almost a year, ultimately convincing them that the prominent location was worth the move.
“Literally hundreds of residents have said they’d be thrilled to have Hale Centre Theatre come to our community,” Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan said. “It fits into what we want to see Sandy become into the future.”