Cooper Theatre

960 S. Colorado Boulevard,
Denver, CO 80246

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Lucretia on April 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Star Wars. The ‘reserved only’ night premier of The Empire Strikes Back. Alien (6th row back, to the right of the center section, too terrified to put my feet down and needing a restroom break but no way I was leaving that seat!)Anything that needed a full immersion experience was beyond amazing here. IMAX has always kind of seemed like a poor substitute for the experiences of seeing things in the Cooper back in the day. Thanks for the link to that link to the Boxoffice archive @Tinseltoes – it was a gold mine! Wish I could get my hands on the full architectural plans! :)

thx151 on December 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

Only place to really enjoy Star Wars. Packed,I sat dead center front row, screen and sound system was off the chart. That theater made those movies. Alien was also off the chart as well as Pink Floyd “The Wall”.

taosjedi on April 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I saw Tron and Purple Rain here, Tron was awesome!

mondojustin on November 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Hello I’m currently working on a book about the film 2001: A Space Odyssey and am looking for photos and programs/newspaper clippings etc from each city in which the film premiered in originally in 1968. If you saw the film in it’s initial run in the theater have a good memory of your experience, I’d love to interview you about seeing it. To date I have interviewed over 20 people that have worked on the film, and several close members in the Kubrick camp as well. If you can help please email me at

swdailey on November 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I, too, saw “2001” at the Denver Cooper in 1968. I was 9 years old and unfortunately fell asleep at some point (but I remember bits and pieces of the showing). My family was on vacation in Colorado at the time. We also ate at the Yum-Yum Tree, which I believe was on the same road. Years later I was on vacation in Denver again and saw “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Truly a shame the building is gone.

Coate on July 30, 2009 at 8:24 am

Denver’s complete CINERAMA exhibition history has been included in the “Remembering Cinerama” series and is posted here.

telliott on July 13, 2009 at 11:05 am

Why couldn’t Barnes & Noble convert this spectacular theatre to a book store as was done with the Alabama in Houston and the Runnymede in Toronto. What a great book store that would have made!

Coate on June 6, 2009 at 10:27 am

Monty-Denver…my email address is listed under Contact Info in my profile. Just click on my name at the bottom of this post to access the profile page.

kpdennis on June 6, 2009 at 10:14 am

I am almost positive this is a shot of the concession stand – newly renovated at the time – at the Cooper Twin, circa 1993. If anyone can verify that from this unfortunately dark exposure, I’d appreciate it!
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kpdennis on April 26, 2009 at 12:12 am

A couple of not-so-great shots of the exterior of the late Cooper Twin in Denver, circa 1993. The main auditorium was something to see…
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COCowboy on April 21, 2009 at 11:37 am

GaryJB, and Other Employees of the Denver theatres,

Mom and Dad managed a small theatre in a mall in Arvada off I-25 and what is now Thorton. When I returned to Denver for college I was also worked at several of the theatres in Denver. I was employed by the Continental, while under Common Wealth. I was then “Lent” out to various Denver Theatres from the Cooper5 to the Cooper7, and every Cooper between them. Yes even the Copper Twin. After getting to know several employees, union projectionists, Managers, and District Managers, I moved to CA and worked at a Fox theatre for 2 years. When I moved back, I worked again at the Continental, before opening the Greenwood Plaza 12 (as an assistant). After a few years there I transferred to The UA Corporate Offices. I moved back to CA and Managed the “Golden State” theatre (Complete with Pipe Organ), until UA sold it to become a historical landmark. I love the Motion Picture theatre business, or at least I did.

What I miss the most is how close everyone was. It really was like family. Yet I have been in contact with no one. It makes me so happy to see past employees checking on places where they were, and how much they still mean to them… even if most of them are nothing more than a reminder.

I would like to be found by those who I’ve come to miss. Those who remember me and those worked at the same theatres, around the same time. I would even like to hear from someone who has worked at “My” theatres before, or after, me.
Tim Quealy

William on August 28, 2008 at 1:48 pm

You can obtain by researching the local newspapers on microfilm at the library or newspaper. That’s how many people here find that info out.

MontyM on August 28, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Does anyone know were I can obtain a list of what movies played at the Denver Cooper Theater during it beautiful existence?

jgenung on August 28, 2008 at 11:01 am

Somehow, the topic has strayed away from The Denver Cooper Theater. Cen we return our comments to where they belong?

MontyM on August 27, 2008 at 10:34 am

I never had seen a movie at the Towne. I only remember the outside of the theater. I think it was a porn movie house late in it’s life.

lthanlon on August 26, 2008 at 7:12 pm

I well remember the Towne.

During the mid- to late 1970s, I attended Metropolitan State College and frequently took in shows at the Towne. The theater had the feeling of a small-town cinema. I remember few of the films I saw there, but I know I saw “Slither” with James Caan and “Wicked, Wicked” with Tiffany Royce. The latter is an interesting movie that I’ve never seen since. It was presented in “Duo-Vision” — a scope ratio image split down the middle throughout almost all of the picture.
What I remember most about the Towne is that a number of aisle seats were double-sized — presumably for couples.

Aparofan on May 22, 2008 at 6:51 am

Here’s a scan of a book I bought I bought a few years ago with a bunch of Star Wars ticket stubs stapled inside. Most are from the Glenwood Theatre in Overland Park, KS but one is from the Cooper.

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MontyM on April 21, 2008 at 1:51 pm


I do remember a movie theater in downtown Denver called The Towne. It was located on Welton Street between 15th and 16th street. I never seen any movies there but do remember it. I was demolished sometime in the mid to late 70’s.
The Denver public library may have some pictures of the building.


lrostochil on April 20, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Okay, I have a question for those of you who are from Denver. My grandfather was an Oklhahoma City architect back in the late 40s – 50s, and I found an old resume of his that states that he designed the Tower Theater in Denver. I haven’t found that theater on this website. His resume says that he designed it in 1949, and he describes it as follows:

“Economical utilitization of steel rigid frames and roof system of standard manufacture for wide auditorium span” and “First moving picture theater with television projection booth”

It seated 1,000 patrons and cost $90,000 to build, so I don’t think that it was a big glamour palace — maybe just a small suburban theater.

Does anyone know of this theater, have photos of it, etc.?

lrostochil on April 20, 2008 at 4:39 pm

What a fantastic theater, and how sad that it’s gone — for yet another same-as-it-ever-was strip center. Blah! When will people realize that mid-century modern architecture, such as the Cooper, is worth preserving, and, if Barnes & Noble wanted the site so badly, why couldn’t they have revamped the old theater? Sad.

kucharsk on January 13, 2008 at 5:58 am

I have incredible memories of seeing Die Hard 2 and a revival showing of Ben Hur at the Cooper in its later years when it went by the name “United Artists.” The interior was absolutely spectacular, including the semi-circular apparent one-time smoking lounges located to the sides of the main seating area as seen here:

My strangest memory is when I tried to get permission to take pictures of the interior when they announced it would be closing, and was DENIED permission to do so by UA management! I’ve no idea what they were concerned about or why they had an issue with my request.

Since that time I’ve learned to just take photos at palaces after the last showing of the night as there is usually no one around and if there are the 18 year-olds working clean-up couldn’t care less. :–)

CaptainBazzark on November 10, 2007 at 11:38 am

I’ve been told that Cooper Cinerama Chain was vaguely connected to Paramount/Publix.
Oklahoma City also had a Cooper Cinerama with a ribbon-strip screen. This operation was a remodel of the old (Publix) Liberty Theatre, which was an easy conversion process since the original projection booth was located on loge level, a necessity for 3 strip/70mm equipment.
Vintage views
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Seen on Robinson Ave. looking North (Ramsey Tower was designed by W.W. Alschlager who created the NYC Roxy Theatre)
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1926 exterior shot of old Liberty
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compassdriveins on September 15, 2007 at 10:07 pm

Hi KPRESTON, The other theatre you are thinking of is the Century 21 which was also on Colo. Blvd. The Century 21 building actually is still standing but has been converted to the Soundtrack store which is next to Hooters restaurant. In my opinion the Century 21 was OK but couldn’t hold a candle to the fabulous Cooper.

KevinPreston on September 14, 2007 at 8:03 pm

What great memories of that theater.

I too saw 2001 at that theater, twice. It made me totally fall in love with movies (well, back then, not now.) We lived in southwest Denver so going to the Cooper was not an every day thing, but we would always then go over to some place like Furr’s Cafeteria or all the way down to Top of the Rockies to cap off a matinee.

I think I saw Krakatoa East of Java (sp?) there, although sometimes I get confused between films I saw there and another theater that is gone, which I think was called the 21st Century.