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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your outstanding support of Hale Centre Theatre, through your ticket buying and donations, for so many years. Hale Centre Theatre has the most amazing theatre patrons in the country! Your enthusiasm has motivated all of us involved with HCT to provide you with the most exciting and innovative theatre possible, and now it’s time to grow.

My name is Rob Brough. I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Hale Centre Theatre Board of Trustees and to work with and speak on behalf of the organization at this exciting time. There are lots of questions about the Theatre’s expansion, so we have created for you, our friends, a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding HCT.

We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to sharing more details about our expansion plans as they solidify. Should you have additional questions that are not addressed below, please email them to  expansion@hct.org. We would be happy to respond to any questions you may have.

Sincerely,


Rob Brough
Chairman of 71 exceptional volunteers that make up the Hale Centre Theatre Board of Trustees


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is the mission of HCT?

A. To provide innovative, professional family theatre and theatre education that involves and elevates our community.
 

Q. Why the move to Sandy City?

A. Hale Centre Theatre is expanding because the current seating capacity does not meet demand. The Theatre has performed at nearly 100 percent capacity since 2004 with an average of more than 400 performances annually.

Expansion gives HCT the opportunity to keep its commitment of providing professional, affordable, world-class family theatre. A larger theatre will also begin attracting additional patrons from around the country, complementing Utah's tourism efforts by providing a unique theatre attraction.

The visionary leadership of Sandy City to create a 'downtown' for the south end of the valley has made HCT's expansion possible.
 

Q. How big is the new building?

A. The new Sandy City Theatre will be 130,000 square feet and sit on 2.9 acres. The performing arts center will house two state-of-the-art stages under one roof for a combined total of 1,360 seats.

This is a significant increase in size from the current location, which is approximately 42,000 square feet and 613 seats.
 

Q. What types of stages will there be?

A. The new Hale Centre Theatre will feature an increase in leg room throughout the well-loved centre stage which will seat 900 patrons, and the new proscenium thrust stage which will seat 460 patrons.
 

Q. What is the timeline for the new theatre?

A. Proscenium thrust stage grand opening - September 2017

Centre stage - November 2017
 

Q. How much will it cost to build the theatre and who is paying for it?

A. The new theatre will cost $65 million for construction and installation of all speciality theatre equipment. Sandy City has marketed an approximately $42 million bond to finance the project, which Hale Centre Theatre will pay in full over time.
 

Q. Will there be an increase in patrons?

A. The Theatre currently performs to more than 250,000 patrons annually.

HCT anticipates performing to 500,000 patrons per year in the new venue.
 

Q. Where is the new theatre located?

A. The new theatre is located at 9900 Monroe Street, Sandy, Utah adjacent to Interstate 15 on the east side, near many restaurants, retailers and hotels. Easy access is available to the theatre from the freeway on exits 9000 South and 10600 South. East-West access is available on 10000 South.
 

Q. How will parking be organized?

A. We are happy to announce there will be plenty of free covered parking adjacent to the building, allowing patrons to get from car to theatre without stepping into the elements.
 

Q. How many performances does HCT anticipate having per year?

A. We anticipate the new theatre will grow to provide more than 700 performances a year between the two stages. This is a significant increase over the 400 performances currently produced in the West Valley City theatre.
 

Q. How will it benefit the community?

A. The increase in performances will provide more opportunities for artists and patrons alike to participate in and enjoy professional, family theatre. It will offer more full-time and part-time employment opportunities as well as increased theatre education programs for all ages.

The new Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy City will enhance tourism and bring more visitors into the city. The theatre will also provide significant economic impact in the area as patrons and employees frequent restaurants, hotels and retailers.

Beautiful space for business meetings, receptions and special events will be available in the theatres during the day and on its mezzanine level both during the day and in the evenings.
 

Q. Will this bring jobs to the area?

A. Hale Centre Theatre currently employs 33 full-time employees, approximately 75 part-time employees and approximately 300 part-time artisans each year.

The new theatre in Sandy City will mean hiring an additional six to eight full-time employees as well as many more part-time employees. The two stages could bring an additional 200 part-time local artisans each year.
 

Q. Who is partnering to build this theatre?

A. Layton Construction is the construction partner for the project.

Beecher Walker & Associates are the architects for the new theatre.

Tait Towers LLC will manufacture and install the new state-of-the-art stage equipment for both stages.
 

Q. Who has contributed to the capital campaign?

A. Hale Centre Theatre is honored to have received immense support from the community with contributions from scores of individuals, corporations and foundations that are helping to bring professional, world-class family entertainment to Utah. We are grateful to have received several contributions of more than $1 million each including donations from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Larry H & Gail Miller Family Foundation, Kem and Carolyn Gardner, Julie M. and David S. Layton Foundation, Mountain America Credit Union, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Hale Centre Theatre.
 

Q. How can people contribute?

A. The Theatre welcomes your contributions and participation. You can simply call the development office at 801.415.2340 or visit www.hct.org to make your contribution.
 

Renderings of the new Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy City

Hale Centre Theatre at night
 
   
Facing Northwest     Facing Southwest


General Hale Centre Theatre Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How are the other Hale theatres related?

A. There are three other Hale Theatres currently in operation across the West. Nathan and Ruth Hale founded or co-founded and inspired extended family to create all three. Each theatre is operated independently of one another, with independent business practices, performances and operating structures. This includes Glendale Centre Theatre (CA) founded in 1947, Hale Center Theater Orem (UT) founded in 1988, and Hale Centre Theatre Arizona (AZ) founded in 2005. 
 

Q. Does Hale Centre Theatre pay its actors and artists?

A. HCT is among very few community theatres in the nation that pay all actors and technicians. Typically, community theatre means that actors and artisans perform for free. HCT is proud that it can pay these exceptionally talented local actors, technicians and artisans.  Actor pay is $45 - $75 per performance. Hale Centre Theatre is considered a professional non-equity company. 
 

Q. How does Hale Centre Theatre produce over 400 shows annually?

A. Hale Centre Theatre has over 30 full-time staff, many of whom hold advanced degrees in theatre crafts or business.  Each member of the team is uniquely educated and talented at their trade.  From hair and make-up to electrical engineering to grant writing and lighting design – it takes a team working together and communicating every day to make it go.  The Theatre also employs as many as 100 part-time employees at any given time who bring expertise, direction, choreography, customer care and much needed manpower to the mix.  Live theatre involves a lot of people on and off stage.  On stage Hale Centre Theatre employs around 250 actors for its shows each year.  All this makes up a lot of artists and professionals working together to produce over 400 shows annually.  It is a lot of fun and a lot of work, and HCT hopes you enjoy the results.