Denver Theatre

510 16th Street,
Denver, CO 80202

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paulomalley
paulomalley on May 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I am not sure of the opening date listed for the Denver Theater. The theater was built during the latter part of 1926, and was listed in the 1927 City Directory as the Metropolitan in April 1927. This might be the date on which the theater was renamed. It was a Publix theater, built by Paramount, before becoming a Warner theater.

roundgrandma
roundgrandma on August 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I’m with you, Sagebrushed, having enjoyed many films at both theaters. My late husband used to tell me stories about someone who lived in the Denver Theatre, not too difficult, considering the many levels and sections, to include dressing rooms, etc. in the lower levels. I was privileged to see a “Nutcracker” performance at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, years back, that had a someone similar interior feeling. It was lovely. One of the last management type employees at the Denver, was a lady who always reminded me of Merle Oberon. Elegantly wearing long dark hair into a thick crescent atop her head. In those days, booking agents had to bid for films, guaranteeing specific returns for the studios. Popcorn was heated out of huge plastic bags, and hot dogs, cups and popcorn buckets were counted for inventory/income purposes. From “Jungle Book” to “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” – and now only the memory remains. Too bad.

Sagebrushed
Sagebrushed on December 31, 2010 at 6:38 pm

The Denver to my view was the finest of all the Denver classic theatres and I would have wished for its preservation over the Paramount accross the street. Before it was twained it was one of the finest theatres in how it was arranged interior with the side balconies towards the front. The balcony stairs were a bit steep and a bit dangerous compared to today’s. As metro area native with either parents and later as teen I was lucky in having visited all of the theatres now gone.

DonLewis
DonLewis on July 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm

From the 1950s a postcard view of the Denver and Paramount Theatres in Denver.

kpdennis
kpdennis on May 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Another Denver Public Library photo of the Denver’s demolition:
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Hopalong98
Hopalong98 on July 21, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Have some history and pictures I will post if interested. I was Manager from 70-73. The pics of the Glenarm side are correct but the Denver sign was removed by 65. The new marquee on the front entrance was then replace by a Marquee that you could program the pattern of red and white panels. In 1973 the theatre was divided into two theatres and most of the mezzanine and loge seats were removed to run a floor to the screen. The original seating had 2110 seats 1000 in the balcony. The theatre ran the “Indaianapolis 500” yearly closed circuit as well as the “Thrilla in Manila” and other closed circuit fights. There were seven floors of dressing rooms behind the stage with an elevator to all floors. More later.

tjo
tjo on January 19, 2008 at 10:39 pm

The Denver Theater was operated by Cooper-Highland Theaters in the 1970’s. You could get a small view of the lobby from the entrance and it was spectacular, even after being cleared of its furniture.

philbertgray
philbertgray on November 6, 2007 at 8:31 am

Another photo of the demoliton of The Denver Theatre. A portion of the older Theatre building can be seen in the background. This must have been the side entrance discussed above, apparently after a remodel.

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philbertgray
philbertgray on November 6, 2007 at 8:27 am

A 1980 photo of a theatre demolition with the letters D E N V still showing.

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muckey898
muckey898 on September 13, 2007 at 11:31 pm

I forgot to mention that there is some confusion about the opening dates of the Denver Theater, and the reason is probably because the theater mentioned here was the third Denver Theater. The first one was built at the corner of 16th St. and Lawrence St. (G Street), where the Tabor Center is now. It is listed in the 1866 Denver City Directory. There was another built downtown in the late 1800s, replaced later by the one on Glenarm.

muckey898
muckey898 on September 13, 2007 at 10:50 pm

The two photos of the Denver Theater definitely show the 16th Street entrance and the less elaborate side entrance on Glenarm Place. Both entrances were separated by a row of shops visible in both photos, which gives you an idea of the size of the theater. There was an extensive remodeling probably in the 1950s to bring the theater up to date. The exterior was faced with the typical smooth, bland and boxy look so popular at that time. The two small towers were removed in the process. I remember the theater with the “newer” look. The theater was opened in 1927 according to a newspaper article in the Denver Post, on microfilm at the DPL Western History Dept. I spent many a day at the movies there and ate a lot of popcorn when I was a kid.

acer42
acer42 on September 13, 2007 at 5:00 pm

I was fortunate to see the Denver Theatre’s auditorium before demolition. It was almost a twin to Rapp & Rapp’s Seattle (Paramount) Theatre in Seattle, WA.

muckey898
muckey898 on March 7, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Here is a photo of the Denver Theater interior. I ran across a Denver Theater grand-opening program a while back that was dated 1927.
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KenRoe
KenRoe on January 8, 2007 at 7:23 am

The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook gives the address of the Denver Theatre, 510 16th Street and the address of the Paramount Theatre, 519 16th Street (across the road).

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 8, 2007 at 6:13 am

If the 1930 photo shows the side entrance, that would explain the other address given by the Denver Public Library. And it would also explain why the two photos appear to be of different theaters. Thanks for the explanation williame303.

williame303
williame303 on January 7, 2007 at 6:41 pm

The Denver Theatre main entrance was on 16th Street between Glenarm and Welton. I believe the photo from the Library with the Glenarm address is indeed a photo of a side/exit/secondary entrance. From what I remember of the theatre, the main lobby was long and narrow and the auditorium was far back on the lot. The 16th Street buildings had offices. The Paramount was similar, except that the office building through which one entered was 50 years older than the theatre. That main entrance on 16th is now closed and what serves as a rather anticlimactic “main” entrance is the former side exit.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 7, 2007 at 4:50 pm

Scott….It is possible that the library made a mistake. The photo could have been labeled wrong.
This photo from the Denver Public Library is dated 1929. Compare it to the 1930 (1928?) photo. It appears different to me. Text with this 1929 photo reads: “Night view of the 16th street entrance of the Denver Theater at 510 16th (Sixteenth) Street in Denver, Colorado; shows electric signs and the marquee: "Joan Crawford in Modern Maidens,” and “Ted Hack in Say It With Music.” Banner reads: “Cuba – U.S.A. Date: 1929 September 6”.

Scott
Scott on January 7, 2007 at 3:01 pm

Lost Memory – thanks for researching this. If the Paramount’s address is 519 16th Street, then the Denver Theatre would also had to have been on 16th Street, not Glenarm Place. Something’s not right here. Either there were two Denver Theatres in Denver, or it was located in some other city. Or I suppose the Denver Library’s website could be wrong and the correct address is really 510 16th Street as listed here. All I know is that the two photos cited here don’t match.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 7, 2007 at 1:08 pm

I did a search of the Denver Public Library website where the 1930 photo came from. The library claims that the date of the photo is 1928. Text: “View of the Denver Theater, at 1545 Glenarm Place in Denver, Colorado; shows Glenarm Place, parked automobiles, and "The Powers Behen Co.” building at 510 16th (Sixteenth) Street. The marquee reads: “Pride of the Rockies. Date: 1928 January 1 ”. Was the address for this theater 1545 Glenarm Place?

Patsy
Patsy on January 7, 2007 at 10:33 am

Still would like to see some interior photos of this theatre!

Patsy
Patsy on January 7, 2007 at 10:31 am

Has anyone been to Mesa AZ to Organ Stop Pizza that has this theatre’s original organ?

Scott
Scott on January 7, 2007 at 6:11 am

It doesn’t appear to me that the two photos of the Denver Theatre, one posted on 3/15/06, and the other on 9/13/06, are of the same building. Maybe there was an extensive remodeling done between 1930 and 1938, but the building that the vertical sign is attached to definitely doesn’t match up in the two photos. Maybe the 1930 view is showing signage connected to an exit lobby, similar to the Chicago Uptown Theater’s exit lobby on Lawrence Avenue (same architect), and the main entrance is on another street. The marquees seem to be diffent too, but that could have been changed between the time the photos were taken. That was certainly a common practice. We know the photo from 1938 is correct because it shows the Denver Paramount across the street, so I’m wondering if the first one from 1930 shows a Denver Theatre from another Colorado city?

Patsy
Patsy on November 1, 2006 at 4:31 pm

It’s a shame that the Denver couldn’t have later been used for concerts and other non movie events as it was a Rapp & Rapp according to JTFox on May 4th so it certainly had historical value.

Patsy
Patsy on November 1, 2006 at 10:26 am

Any interior photos…“Lost Memory”?