Live theatrical performances have long been a centerpiece of Park City culture, even in the rough and tumble days of active mining. In the late 1880's, the impressive sum of $30,000 was raised by subscription to build the ornate Opera House that housed touring companies. On a warm June night in 1898, fire roared from the American Hotel and quickly threatened to consume the town. Despite the assistance of fire companies from as far away as Ogden, most of the town was demolished and the Opera House was gutted.
With the rebirth of Park City as a ski and resort town in the 60's, the Egyptian continued to present live theatre, though old fashioned "meller dramas" were the most consistent fare. In 1978 the buildings architectural integrity was threatened. Preservation of it's distinctive Egyptian feature was achieved in 1981 when the building became home to Park City Performances. Live theatre of all genres began to be presented on the boards of the theatre
The Steiner Egyptian has become a small professional theatre operating under an Actor's Equity Association contract. It is able to function as a state of the art facility while retaining the distinctive flavor of years gone by, much like Park City itself.