Peery's restored Egyptian Theater unveils Wall of Fame to honor its benefactors

Jul 9 2010 - 1:15am

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(Photo courtesy Van Summerill) Peery's Egyptian Theater, 1924.
(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner) Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2010.
(Photo courtesy Van Summerill) Peery's Egyptian Theater, 1924.
(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner) Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2010.

The Egyptian Theater Foundation will be debuting a new Wall of Fame at the 25th anniversary celebration tonight.

The individuals will be recognized with a star plaque that will be placed in the Egyptian Theater lobby on a new Wall of Fame, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden.

"We are trying to recognize people who not only gave money ... but mainly for their time and energy that they spent making sure this theater was complete," said Susan Van Hooser, co-vice president of the Egyptian Theater Foundation.

Van Hooser said the foundation plans to continue to add members to the Wall of Fame every year.

The recipients

Harman Peery

Louis H. Peery


Harman and Louis H. Peery -- The brothers built the Egyptian Theater in 1924 after the family's Arlington Hotel was destroyed.

Van Summerill

Van Summerill -- The former assistant manager at the Egyptian Theater organized the Friends of The Egyptian to help save the theater.

"He was the driving force to saving and restoring the theater," Van Hooser said.

Lani Prout

Lani Prout -- Former Ogden City Landmark Commission member held up a demolition license to archive a historical building. That gave enough time for the theater foundation to come up with the money to purchase the venue. Prout also was a member of the Egyptian Theater Foundation.

Weber County Heritage Foundation -- "They were called the angels of the theater," said Van Hooser. The heritage foundation gave the first $10,000 to the Friends of the Theater toward purchasing the theater.

Jenadee Child

Jenadee Child -- One of the first members of the Egyptian Theater Foundation. She remained a part of the group until her passing last year.

Joan Hellstrom

Spencer Stokes

Joan Hellstrom and Spencer Stokes -- Former Weber County Commissioners were instrumental in securing bonds for the Egyptian Theater and Eccles Conference Center. "They were the dynamic duo that actually pushed through what was necessary to save the theater," Van Hooser said.

Diana Ellis Smith

Rob White

Diana Ellis Smith and Rob White -- Former presidents of the Egyptian Theater Foundation who worked to secure funding to restore the theater.

Luckey Heath (No picture available) -- He worked to complete the final piece to the Egyptian Theater restoration in 2004 with the return of a Wurlitzer organ. Heath also helped bring back the Len Allen Children's Movie program.

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