As the Sundance Film Festival became more and more popular, so did a need in the Salt Lake Valley for a large venue, the Grand Theatre was a perfect fit. It’s first year was in 2015. Salt Lake Community College and Sundance Institute have partnered to bring independent filmmaking to more theater goers as the festival grows in popularity. The Grand Theatre is currently the festival’s second largest venue (the largest in the Salt Lake Valley), with a seating capacity of more than 1,100. Movies are shown at the Grand on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for two weekends during the festival, with plenty of free parking on site at South City Campus. The theatre hosts movies that make their world premieres in the Grand, with introductions and riveting Q&A sessions that bring movie stars, directors and celebrities to the stage. Previous years have brought filmmakers and stars like former Vice President Al Gore, Viggo Mortensen, and Daniel Radcliffe to the Grand Theatre stage. The atmosphere for each premiere, as you can imagine, is exciting and electric.