Preserving History: Van Summerill’s Legacy at Peery’s Egyptian Theater

by Barbara

Van Summerill’s love affair with Peery’s Egyptian Theater began as a young boy in the 1950s, attending Saturday matinees and immersing himself in the magic of the silver screen. Little did he know that decades later, his dedication would play a pivotal role in saving this iconic landmark from the brink of demolition.

A Labor of Love: When Summerill learned of the theater’s impending demise — condemned, boarded up, and forgotten — he couldn’t bear to see it lost to history. Drawing on his cherished memories, he spearheaded a fundraising campaign, rallying a community of supporters to breathe new life into the beloved cinema house.


Restoring Glory: With unwavering determination, Summerill and his team embarked on a journey to restore Peery’s Egyptian Theater to its former glory. Through bake sales, 5K runs, and countless fundraising efforts, they secured the necessary funds to undertake the ambitious renovation project.


A Triumph of Preservation: Thanks to Summerill’s vision and tenacity, Peery’s Egyptian Theater emerged from its dilapidated state, transformed into a vibrant cultural hub in the heart of Ogden. Today, the theater stands as a testament to the power of community and the enduring allure of cinematic artistry.


Honoring a Legacy: As friends, family, and admirers gathered to celebrate Summerill’s life and legacy, they paid tribute to his unwavering commitment to preserving this historic treasure. His efforts were not only recognized locally but also earned him an honorary doctorate from Weber State University in 2014.

A Living Legacy: With its stage expanded and facilities upgraded, Peery’s Egyptian Theater continues to captivate audiences with a diverse array of live events, symphonic concerts, and stage plays. Its centennial anniversary serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of Van Summerill and the enduring magic of cinema.

In commemorating Summerill’s contributions, Peery’s Egyptian Theater honors not only his memory but also the collective spirit of those who rallied behind a shared vision of preservation and cultural enrichment. As the curtains rise on another century of cinematic excellence, Summerill’s legacy lives on, a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come.


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