in 1905, Star Hall was originally used for secular & non-secular
entertainment. The building
was renovated in 1968 and 2008, and is now used for films, plays,
concerts, festivals & weddings. Click
here for historical information relating
to Star Hall.
159 E. Center St, Moab, UT 84532
c/o Grand County Facilities Dept
125 E Center St
Moab, UT 84532
289 + 3 empty slots for handicap seating
- Auditorium seating w/balcony
- Stage: 27' x 40' & 12' usable height
- Electric Movie Screen: 15' x 20'
- Dressing rooms w/ restrooms
- Handicap bathrooms on main floor
- Prop room
- Stage lighting
- P.A. System
Food & Drink
No food or drink is allowed in Star Hall, with the exception of water.
The Star Hall Committee Searches and applies for Grants,
donations, and loans to complete the renovation of
The Building. They consult with architects and historians
in order to keep the building in its era. Also, they
consult with the County on different levels according
to the needs of the Facility.
Doni Kiffmeyer -
Miso Tunks - Vice Chair
Cosy Sheridan - Secretary
Kaki Hunter - Member
Theresa King - Member
|Short-term Hall Rental (less than a week)
||$25.00 per hour (3 hour minimum)
|Long-term Hall Rental (more than a week)
||$300 per week plus $25.00 per hour during performance night
|Discount for 501(c)3 qualifying entity on Base Cost of Star Hall Rental (documentation required)
Security Deposit 1
Due to the uniqueness of Star Hall and the effort put in to restoring and maintaining it, the County will retain the security deposit in its entirety if food and or drink are present. A County employee will do a walk through before the deposit is returned.
|Open/Close Fee (if required)
|Extra Custodial Service
||$18.00 per hour
|Lighting Board and Public Address System Deposit 2
||Use tech only
|Projector, DVD, and Audio Supplies Deposit 2
||Use tech only
|Portable Projector/Use of Wireless Microphone
1 Note: Cost of damage will be levied against the deposit posted with the County. Remainder of the charges for damages will be paid by individual or entity in which the County has the rental agreement with. Security deposits will be forfeited when notice of cancellation is less than 24 hours.
2 Note: This equipment shall only be released to authorized individuals approved by the County. A list of names with contact information of authorized individuals is available upon request. Renter is to make arrangements with authorized individuals to provide service associated with the equipment. All other operators must be pre-approved by the County before the event.
3 Note: In the event any damage to the equipment occurs as a result of an unapproved person or persons handling, the Renter agrees to pay all costs to repair or replace equipment. Cost of damage will be levied against the deposit posted with the County. Remainder of the charges for damages will be paid by Renter with whom the County has the rental agreement.
Note: No food or drink is allowed in Star Hall, with the exception of water. It is the event organizer's responsibility to enforce this rule.
- Don Kiffemeyer Phone: 435- 259-8378
- Miso Tunks Phone: 435-210-4953
- August Brooks Phone: 435-260-2610
(Any arrangements for time and payment made with the above Technicians will be made between the User and the technician, separate from Facility Rental/Hold Harmless Agreement)
- Only posters that refer to an event to be held in Star Hall are permitted.
- Posters must be
- 8 ½ X 11 in size
- One sided only
- Full color is preferred
- Poster must contain:
- Only event info and sponsor logos
- Full contact information for the event organizer, which must include a
phone number where the event organizer can be reached at any time
- Please note that there is nowhere on the Board that refers people to
another number for information.
- Poster will be posted:
- Only 30 days prior to the event date
- By the County maintenance department
- Two posters can be up at one time , of different events
- Fortunately Star Hall is popular enough that there may be a time when
events may overlap one another. If there are more than two events being held
at the same time, the County will do their best to make sure that all events
are represented on the board. The County may have to pull one down during
its run so that another can receive some time on the boards. This will be at
the discretion of the County.
- Grand County will post and remove posters. Anyone interested in having one
placed must contact the County at 435-259-7386
- If I'm just going to use Star Hall for a few hours
each night for a couple of nights do I have to pay for
the entire time or just the hours I use it?
You pay for the hours that you are physically in
and using the facility. This includes setup time, event time,
and clean-up time.
- May I use, sell, or serve alcohol at
There is no alcohol allowed in or around the premises.
- If I would like to have the use of Star
Hall donated to my organization who would I talk to?
You would need to go before the County Council and
request this from the Council. If the Council agrees they
must endorse your event in order for the County's insurance
to cover it. If they donate the building, but do not endorse
the event, you would still need to provide insurance.
- What form of payment Does Grand County accept for the Rental fees?
Cash, check, cashiers check or money order. Grand County is not set up to accept credit or debit cards at this time.
This is an article written for the Salt Lake Tribune,
Sunday, March 28, 1993...
A Journey Back to Moab's Early
you ventured to and through Moab before the uranium boom of
the 1950's, you likely slept at the Apache Motel, downed a
cup of coffee with Arches National Monument superintendent
Bates Wilson, strolled the town's sandstone sidewalks, and
attended to the business at hand in a County Courthouse where
Judge Fred Keller held forth in a building rather too grandiose
for under-populated Grand County.
Heading back to the Arches Cafe for lunch, you passed and
may or may not have noticed Star Hall, one of the town's few
other sizeable buildings in those days.
In 1883, well before Charlie Steen made his big find and long
before Mitch Melich ran the Atlas uranium mill near the Colorado
River bridge, a busy chap named Leonidas Leonard Crapo had
paid the Federal Land Office up in Salt Lake City $200 for
the acreage at 159 E Center street in Moab. He then sold it,
in 1884, for $1000 - a rather neat profit for land held about
a year. The purchasers, Randolph Stewart and Orlando Warner
were the bishop and counselor respectively, of a new Latter-day
saints Moab Ward. Previously, the town was none too godly,
being inhabited, in part at least, by cattlemen and rowdy cowpunchers
who had drifted over from Texas and Arizona.
By the time 1905 rolled 'round, the
LDS church was well established, and in need of what members
and non believers alike called an "amusement hall." Steve
Day cut timber, Will Shafer did the carpentry and likewise
provided a blueprint. Bill Hawks, who had come to Moab to
work as mason on the new courthouse, put his skills to the
task of laying the stone. Will Bliss hauled from a Goose
Island quarry about a mile away. Angus Stocks, a blacksmith
as well as a mason worked on the construction job. Angus
later was recalled by old timers as one of the town's best
fiddlers and square dance callers when the Star Hall was
put to proper use beginning in May 1906.
These craftsmen, with nary an architect
among them, built a stone-walled hall that is now termed "Richardson Romanesque" in
style. That application comes about because it's rough-hewn,
well laid pinkish stones and round-topped windows approximate
the style of the much more elaborate structures designed at
the turn of the century by Henry Hobson Richardson in Boston
and Cambridge. Had one of the craftsmen, perhaps Will Shafer,
ever seen a Richardson building? It's certainly doubtful.
Whatever the origin, Star Hall was
and is graced by symmetrical pairs of windows flanking its
main entrance. Its big double doors have sidelights and a
fanlight for enhancement. Inside, the Star Hall provided
a large room perfect for recreational, social and cultural
activities of the Moab Ward. In an interview placed in the
Utah Historical Society files, an elderly Moab resident,
Lydia Ann Taylor Skews, recalled "they used
to serve dinners there. Everyone would furnish food... there
were long tables the length of the room, and after they got
the meal out of the way and cleared, they'd dance most of the
Those lively LDS days and nights were
social events for a decade or two, but in 1925 the Grand
County School District purchased the building for a price
stated as either $7,000 or $1. The School district then hired
a well known Salt Lake architect, Walter E. War, who examined
the building and suggested repairs and modifications. That
was in 1925, after which Star Hall was used for classroom,
auditorium and theater purposes. In 1968 another Salt Lake
architectural firm, Richardson & Richardson,
planned and supervised a major alteration - the "tilting" or
rebuilding of the main floor. The result was a floor giving
a better view of a new stage. Next came installation of 236
seats on the main floor and 56 seats in the balcony. The work
gave Moab a community center which could and did provide for
plays, concerts and such major school functions as graduation
Nowadays, the LDS church has modem
buildings for such recreation as basketball games, while
the schools have gymnasiums and auditoriums. But Star Hall,
nearly ninety years after it's construction, remains a prime
Moab meeting house for civic functions. It also serves as
a concert hall and theater, as it did before the uranium
boom. Now it fills the same needs during a lasting tourist
boom in which Moab has river-running, bike riding and just
plain "scenery-seeing" as attractions.
As for Star Hall's future - such citizen as Nancy Coularn
and Lloyd Pierson, with considerable organizational support
from town civic groups, have applied to the National Park Service
to place the building on the National Register of Historic
Places. Hopefully the Park Service will agree, which will help
insure the structure against hasty demolition. Star Hall is,
no matter how it came to pass, one of Utah's few late Victorian
Richardsonian Romanesque buildings.
Written by Jack Goodman
Since this article was written, in 1993, The Star Hall
was granted a place on the National Register of Historic
Places and has since been transferred to the custody of
Grand County. It is now under the advisement of the Star
Hall Committee who searches and applies for grants and
donations to fully restore the Building. Since Star Hall
has been under the direction of Grand County and the Committee
it has undergone even more renovations. Among those are
replacements of the roof, windows and some tuck point also
repainting the interior. Rain gutters have been added to
protect the foundation. The finishing of the tuck point
and a new film screen are in the works. The Building is
still in use and becoming more popular all the time.
For bookings contact:
(435) 220-0190 only between 8am and 5pm, Monday-Friday (for non-emergencies).
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