Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
A view of the soon-to-be-completed Hale Centre Theatre from the loading level in Sandy on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.
SANDY — Hale Centre Theatre is three weeks away from opening its first show in its new Jewel Box Theatre at the Mountain America Performing Arts Centre in Sandy, and representatives from the theater and the construction staff gave a sneak peek of the facilities Wednesday.
The 130,000-square-foot building, 9886 Monroe St., includes two stages, a 1,700-stall parking structure and outdoor plaza with a total price tag of more than $100 million.
The smaller, 467-seat proscenium thrust Jewel Box Theatre is set to open its doors Sept. 1 for a production of “Forever Plaid,” while the larger, 900-seat theater-in-the-round Centre Stage Theatre is slated to be completed in time for the Nov. 17 opening of “Aida.”
“It exceeds our expectations,” said Mark Dietlein, Hale Centre Theatre’s president and CEO. “It will allow us to create magic like we’ve never been able to do before.”
The theater itself cost $80 million, made possible by a $42.7 million bond by Sandy, which the theater is to pay back as part of a lease, with the additional funds coming from donations, according to theater officials. The groundbreaking on the facility took place almost two years ago on Sept. 16, 2015, and construction was initially scheduled to be completed in January, but a series of setbacks, including the site’s high water table, have delayed the full opening until November.
The new facility — which would tower 11 stories high if it were all above ground, according to Dietlein — includes improved stage capabilities as well as elements theater representatives hope will improve the patrons’ experience.
“This theater is by all standards a world-class venue,” Dietlein said.
Seating in the Centre Stage Theatre is contained to 10 rows, compared to nine rows at its current location in West Valley City, but the seats…