10 Best Performing Arts Venues in Downtown and Central City, Salt Lake City

Abravanel Hall

Fodor's choice

This immense, stately venue across from Temple Square is famed for its soaring glass lobby and Dale Chihuly sculpture and is home of the Utah Symphony and other distinguished events like the Wasatch Speaker Series featuring names such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Rob Reiner, and Annie Leibovitz.

Ballet West

Downtown Fodor's choice

This respected professional ballet company performs both classic and original works at the Capitol Theatre. Its inner-workings were featured in the multiseason reality show Breaking Pointe.

Capitol Theatre

Fodor's choice

This grand 1913 theater with a stunningly ornate exterior was built originally for vaudeville and has been masterfully restored. It presents works by Ballet West and the Utah Opera in addition to hosting the JazzSLC series and Broadway touring companies.

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Plan-B Theatre Company

Downtown Fodor's choice

The resident company of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center stages modest productions built on fine original scripts and timely social and cultural themes.

Utah Symphony

Downtown Fodor's choice

The premier orchestra in the state, the Utah Symphony performs in the acoustically acclaimed Abravanel Hall and calls the Deer Valley Music Festival its summer home.

Broadway Centre Cinemas

Salt Lake Film Society shows newly released, independent, and foreign films at this hugely popular downtown venue.

Repertory Dance Theatre


This acclaimed company presents modern-dance performances at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company


This is Salt Lake City's premier modern dance troupe, recognized for its innovation and commitment to community education.

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

Comprising the Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre, the Jeanne Wagner Theatre, and the Studio Theatre, the Center is home to the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and the Repertory Dance Theatre and also provides performance space for many of the city's smaller theater companies, including Plan-B and Pygmalion Productions.

Utah Opera


Since 1978, this company has performed new and classical works at the Capitol Theatre and throughout the state.