NEW: Sundance Film Festival Drops Ogden Venue

Peery's Egyptian Theater, build in 1924 and restored in 1997, has been dropped as a Sundance Film Festival venue. Photo: Peery's Egyptian Theater

OGDEN, Utah, July 13, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Peery’s Egyptian Theater, in Ogden, has been dropped as a Sundance Film Festival venue.

After 19 years presenting more than a dozen films each January, the Park City festival’s most remote venue will not host Sundance movies during SFF’s run.

Ogden is a 72-mile drive from Park City. Sundance Resort is is 36 miles away from SFF headquarters. Salt Lake City is a mere 33.

An email sent Wednesday to volunteers who work at the Ogden venue said the nonprofit Sundance Institute has to evaluate its programs to make sure they have the best possible impact.

“We have to make tough changes,” the statement said.

“After evaluating our work in Ogden and discussing options with our local partners, we have decided to shift our programming to provide community screenings in Ogden outside of the festival season,” the email said.

The community screenings in Ogden, most likely of Sundance films,  will be spaced throughout the year, and will be free.

For many years, 800-seat Peery’s Egyptian has been the lone venue not to sell out screenings before the festival.

In addition, local restaurant owners have complained that Sundance offers them few economic benefits, since audiences are local, and tend to eat at home.

Peery’s Egyptian Theater, build in 1924 and restored in 1997, has been dropped after 19 years as a Sundance Film Festival venue. Photo: Peery’s Egyptian Theater

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  1. I am the Director of Sales & Marketing for the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, which includes the Peery’s Egyptian Theater. To clarify an item in this story, the Peery’s Egyptian Theater will not go dark during the Sundance Film Festival or the month of January. We simply will not have the usual screenings we have enjoyed in the years past. However, we are a rental facility and host many of our own programs that we will try and fill during those weeks in January ,2017. So to state that we will “go dark” is not true.

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