Sands Theatre

211 Clayton Street,
Brush, CO 80723

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Sands Theatre 7-30-13

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The Emerson Theatre was opened in 1916 by Charles W. Emerson on Clayton Street at Edison Street in Brush, Colorado. Today known as the Sands Theatre, it continues to operate as a movie house over 90 years after first opening its doors. The Sands Theatre was added to the Colorado Register of Historic Places in 2005.

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Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 26, 2009 at 2:05 am

This theater is nothing short of a gem on the Colorado plains! It is owned and operated by Mr. Joe Machetta who bought the theater in 1958. He grew up around movie theaters and is also related to the Kelloff family who owned and operated several movie houses and drive-ins in South Western Colorado.
The theater is very original inside and also features Mr. Machetta’s quality decorating and updates. The seats are very comfortable and appear to have been installed new in the late 1970’s. The facade was completely restored a few years back. The theater was originally known as The Emerson and it had been closed for a few years when Mr. Machetta purchased it. He changed the name to The Sands in honor of The Sands Hotel as he is a major rat-pack fan. The booth features two immaculate Super Simplex projectors running 6 thousand foot changeover with xenon lamps.
The theater is amazingly clean and well run. The staff is small and very friendly. Mr. Machetta can usually be found in the box office selling tickets and he is aided by one of two friendly projectionists and the concession stand always has one or two very nice & polite people (usually local high school kids) running it. The theater features a curtain that opens before the feature and closes after and is also one of the only theaters I’ve seen that still uses its original glass slide projector. This projector makes its big scene afer the first reel, projecting “The concession stand closes in 5 minutes” in the lower right hand corner.
If you want to visit a beautiful, historic theater complete with old-fashioned small town charm, The Sands is for you!

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 19, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Listed as The Emerson and seating 362 in the 1942 Film Daily Yearbook

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