The SLC Attendee Manual
Get to know the Salt Lake City venues and surrounding areas.
By Scott Renshaw
With the advent of the Locals Quick Pass a decade ago, it became easier than ever for Utah residents to get in some marathon Sundance viewing. Get to know your Salt Lake City venues and the surrounding businesses, and learn how to get the most out of your down-in-the-valley Sundancing.
Consider public transportation. If you’re coming into downtown from the ’burbs, and you’re sticking to films at the Broadway Theater, Main Library and Rose Wagner Center venues, TRAX might be your best transportation option. The Gallivan Center stop (200 South) lands you almost exactly midway between the three locations, within a couple blocks of each venue. And with a short distance between the Broadway and the Rose, a brisk 10-minute walk will get you from one to the other. Even those coming from more central locations might want to use the Ballpark TRAX park-and-ride lot to avoid downtown parking hassles. Tower Theatre screenings will require a drive, though.
Meter Park At Your Own Risk
If you do drive, metered street-parking stalls are free after 6 p.m. on weeknights, if you can manage to find one. But avoid attempting to stake out one spot all-day on Saturdays, as you can get ticketed for exceeding the two-hour limit. You can get validated for the parking garage next to the Broadway Theater, but if you’re taking in more than a single show, you’ll need to go through the hassle of exiting and re-entering, or parking in the pay lots nearer to the Rose Wagner Center if you’re changing venues. There is nearby street parking for the Main Library, as well as an underground garage.
Close & Easy Food Bets
Like your Park City counterparts, you may find yourself trying to grab the quickest possible bite between showtimes. Fortunately, the three-block corridor on 300 South between the Broadway and Rose Wagner Center—plus a block in either direction off the major cross streets—offers numerous options. Pepper’s (14 W. Broadway, 801-220-0516, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) is a good weekday lunch spot with pita sandwiches and salads, while Lenny’s Sub Shop (35 E. Broadway, 801-503-0053, Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.) and DP Cheesesteaks (83 E. Broadway, 801-883-8966, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.) add Saturday availability. Grab burritos or other quick Mexican fare at Barbacoa (280 S. Main, 801-746-3798, Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.). For Sunday, when there are even fewer places open, try Rich’s Burgers ’N Grub (30 E. Broadway, 801-355-0667, Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.), Toasters (30 E. Broadway, 888-339-3354, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.) or Beehive Tea Room (12 W. Broadway, 801-328-4700, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). Best for late-night: Sicilia (35 W. Broadway, 801-961-7077), open till 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, plus Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
We haven’t forgotten about the other Salt Lake City venue; it’s just not exactly walking distance from the other two. And transportation time is definitely something to factor into your plans. Though epic traffic-light convergences might allow you to get from the heart of downtown to the 9th and 9th neighborhood in 10 minutes, assume at least twice that much time for travel to the Tower from the downtown venues—or vice versa—and finding parking. Don’t make the mistake of parking in the Smith’s grocery store parking lot, either, as you may be towed.
Close & Easy Food Bets
There are several lovely sit-down restaurants in the 9th and 9th area, but fewer grab & go options. Dolcetti Gelato (902 E. 900 South, 801-485-3254, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.) features primarily pastries and desserts, but you can get a sandwich at 9th South Delicatessen (931 E. 900 South, 801-517-3663, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.) or Great Harvest (905 E. 900 South, 801-328-2323, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.). There is always Smith’s (876 E. 800 South, 801-355-2801) for a quick bite any time. And the 9th and 9th Barbacoa (859 E. 900 South, 801-524-0853) is open Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Broadway Centre Cinemas to Salt Lake City Main Library
Cafe Hemingway (210 E. 400 South, Library Atrium, 801-359-8600, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 12:45-5 p.m.) offers sandwiches, soups and salads. Similar goodies are available at Metro Bistro (350 S. 200 East, 801-359-3333, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), plus specialty crepes. Sunday options are limited, but Korner Market (350 S. State, 801-532-2048, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.) features hot dogs and sandwiches, while Pie Hole (344 S. State, 801-359-4653) provides pizza until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Timing Is Everything
Build the right amount of time between screenings. Can you really make it from the Rose Wagner screening ending at 5:02 to the one at the Tower that starts at 5:30? See above for at least part of that answer; another part depends on the always tricky matter of when the screenings actually begin. Don’t be surprised if waitlisters filling in seats or other logistical issues cause your screening to begin five to 10 minutes later than the scheduled start time. If you’re going from one venue to another, and unless you’re fond of panicked dashes or hyperventilating at red lights, play it safe by allowing at least 40 minutes between the scheduled end of one film and the start of the next—and that’s assuming you don’t plan on eating during that intermission. You can get by with less—20 minutes or so—if on foot between the Broadway and Rose Wagner.
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