Downtown Salt Lake City is in the midst of a remarkable transformation and this is a good time to think about the next phase of our city's development. There is a growing consensus that the Utah Performing Arts Center will be built downtown in the next few years. This modern, 2,500-seat theater will attract a much larger array of touring Broadway shows, concerts, comedy acts and family shows.
The idea of a large civic theater has been discussed for decades and it's hard to see our community prosper long-term without this amenity. Salt Lake is growing up and a performing arts center of this magnitude is part of the cultural landscape of any economically dynamic region. It is also an important financial engine that helps support our city's creative class by attracting businesses and relocating professionals.
A performing arts center will help anchor the cultural core of our urban center, complementing other downtown institutions like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Symphony and Opera, Ballet West, the resident companies of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and myriad art galleries. Downtown also has the facilities to accommodate large numbers of theater patrons, with multiple restaurants, convenient parking, public transit and thousands of hotel rooms.