SOUTHERN UTAH

St. George Musical Theater plans to build new theater, renovate old Cinema 6 for community arts

Mar 31, 2024, 6:00 PM | Updated: 6:16 pm

A rendering shows what the new St. George Musical Theater building could look like. The theater is ...

A rendering shows what the new St. George Musical Theater building could look like. The theater is expanding its footprint in St. George with a new theater and the renovation of an old movie theater that will be home to a performing arts campus. (St. George Musical Theater)

(St. George Musical Theater)

ST. GEORGE — Most Utahns are likely familiar with Hollywood’s infatuation with southern Utah at this point.

Kevin Costner recently filmed his Western epic “Horizon: An American Saga” in St. George and fell in love with the area so much that he’s opening Territory Film Studios near the St. George Airport.

What people outside of the region might not be as acquainted with is the passion of the local arts scene.

St. George Musical Theater has been around for over 25 years, making it the oldest community theater in southern Utah. Surprisingly, it has never owned a venue of its own and has hosted its productions in the St. George Opera House, which was built all the way back in 1875.

But that is set to change.

“If anybody visits St. George, they know we are definitely an arts community,” said Bruce Bennett, president and artistic director of St. George Musical Theater.

Bennett said the city approached the theater about two parcels on South Main Street in an “underdeveloped” area of the town.

Bennett said the city approached the theater about two parcels on South Main Street in an “underdeveloped” area of the town.

“We think there’s a lot of room for the redevelopment of that area, and we want to be the catalyst for that redevelopment,” Bennett said. “We see this as a major initiative to create an arts district south of downtown.”

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St. George Musical Theater plans to build new theater, renovate old Cinema 6 for community arts