History and Mission

History of Kingsbury Hall

Kingsbury Hall opened its doors on May 22, 1930. Since then, many names such as Maude Adams, Harry Belafonte, Vincent Price, Carol Channing, Keene Curtis, and Eleanor Roosevelt, amongst others, have appeared on the Kingsbury stage. Local performing arts companies such as the Utah Symphony |Utah Opera, Ririe Woodbury, Ballet West and Repertory Dance Theatre all got their start at Kingsbury Hall.

In 1996, Kingsbury Hall went under a $14 million renovation, re-vamping everything from the lobbies, bathrooms and dressing rooms, to building a plaza area in front of the building and creating a larger stage to accommodate needs.

In 2001, Kingsbury Hall created their own presenting series called Kingsbury Hall Presents. It has brought in many world-renowned artists such as Alvin Ailey, Pilobolus, Bobby McFerrin, Martha Graham and Donny Osmond.

In 2015, to reflect an expanded mission, Kingsbury Hall Presents became UtahPresents. The mission of UtahPresents is to provide an abundance of creative and cultural experiences for the campus and regional community. Kingsbury Hall, the historic venue, and Kingsbury Hall Presents provide the program with a strong foundation for this evolution. Along with new name, UtahPresents provides the University of Utah and surrounding communities with exciting performances in multiple venues, amazing connections between artists and community members, and a diversity of partnerships to deepen impact.