Chief Theater

813 Lincoln Avenue,
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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The Chief Theatre was the second movie theatre to be built in Steamboat Springs. Built by an Indian Chief from Oklahoma named Harry Gordon, it opened as a single screen theatre with 450 seats. The other theatre was the Alden Theatre that closed shortly after the Chief Theatre opened with talking pictures.

The Chief Theatre was converted to a four-screen theatre showing first run attractions and operated by Carmike Theatres until September 2, 2012. By 2013 it had converted back to a single auditorium and was operating as a performing arts center.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Jacker
Jacker on December 27, 2009 at 8:54 am

This is for sale any info on it?

LuisV
LuisV on March 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Just passed by this theater today and it is still for sale. There is a big “For Sale” sign on the marquee. I have to say it looks pretty sad. A 450 seat theater that gets cut up into 4 theaters? It’s got to be terrible. I didn’t get to go in but I did peek in through the doors and it just didn’t look the least bit interesting architecturally.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm

A local group called Friends of the Chief has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the theater and turn it into a single auditorium performing arts center. According to this article, Carmike would apparently continue running the theater until their lease runs out in 2012: View link

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Carmike is closing the theater as of September 6, 2012 and is removing its equipment: View article

cc44
cc44 on December 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm

The Chief Theatre is now a performing arts center. website

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