1751 Curtis Street,
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Previously operated by: Fox Theatres (Reading, PA)
Previous Names: Paris Theater, Fox Rivoli Theater, Fox Tivoli Theater
The Paris Theatre opened on October 5, 1912, almost exclusively for the showing of motion pictures. It later owned by the William Fox Corporation, it was one of the brightest among its neighbors, illuminated with over 2,000 exterior lights reflecting off its façade of white terra cotta. It had a seating capacity of 2,300.
Curtis Street was known then as Denver’s “Great White Way” for its many theatres, from 15th Street north to 19th Street. It was also touted as the “best lit street in the nation” because of the thousands of electric lights that were emblazoned across the exteriors of these fanciful structures. Its name was changed from the Paris Theatre in 1918, when the theatre was acquired by the owners of the nearby Strand Theatre & Isis Theatre.
The Rivoli Theatre was closed in the mid-1930’s and the building was levelled in the 1940’s for a parking lot. The multi-story Qwest Building now occupies the site.
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