Esquire Theatre

590 Downing Street,
Denver, CO 80218

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Esquire Theatre

Originally built in 1928 as the Hiawatha Theatre, the balcony has since been closed off to create a second theatre inside what is now known as the Esquire Theatre.

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William on March 8, 2007 at 9:40 am

At one time this theatre was operated by Fox Intermountain Theatres, Inc.

blgwc on February 20, 2009 at 11:56 am

Is it true that when it was the Hiawatha there giant Indian head nickels on the wall that runs along 6th Ave.? I managed this place in the early 80s. One day a tech guy was there to install Dolby and re-do the sound system. He had to put a ladder along the screen. On the screen were hundreds of dried spitballs, no doubt from the days of kid matinees (maybe when it was Mann theater). How long those spitballs were on the screen I have no idea.

MPol on February 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm

How sad that kids who clearly haven’t been taught any better and who’re not mature enough to think beyond this kind of destruction managed to get away with vandalizing the screen, which lobbing spitballs at the movie screen clearly is. Hope the people who installed the new Dolby sound system, etc., were able to remove the spitballs relatively easily.

Seriously….who raised those disgusting, spoiled, destructive brats?

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 24, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Iv'e enjoyed visiting the Esquire on a number of occasions for their “Midnight Madness” film series. This program features classic and cult films on the big screen, on Friday and Saturday nights at midnight. This theater is very clean and well run with a friendly staff, many of whom have worked there for years. The theater is now a four plex with two screens upstairs and two downstairs. Still the auditoriums are very attractive with comfortable, yet vintage seats and a curtain that opens just as each feature starts and closes after it is over. The audience also loves this theater and there are great audience reactions to each film. I have visited with Matt Morris, a younger guy who programs the Midnight Madness series and assists with the management of the theater. He has a true passion for film, the movie theater business, quality projection and The Esquire Theater. At least one of the auditoriums is also capable of 70mm projection. A wonderful theater in a wonderful neighborhood to support!

kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 11:51 pm

A photo of the Esquire from 1988 – showing the then-controversial “Last Temptation Of Christ”:
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gerryiii on August 6, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Hi! I have only posted once and never received a response to my question, so I’d like to talk to you all…
I am the current manager of the Esquire, and as such would have been trying to collect pics, history, stories, etc. from former employees, folks who remember, or just anyone with information. I’d like to invite anyone with any info to contact me so we can talk. My email is Please help me get this project together.



kpdennis on July 8, 2017 at 8:53 am

Recent photos of the Esquire now posted in the Photo section.

ryan79 on October 25, 2017 at 10:08 pm

saw Last Stop Greenwich Village when I homesick for NYC and for the first time Singing in the Rain, in the seventies, so I will always have a soft spot for this theater.

MSC77 on December 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm

“The Graduate” opened here fifty years ago today. The film went on to play (a venue record?) 52 weeks. And here’s a new retrospective article which includes some exhibition history (and other) details to commemorate the classic film’s golden anniversary.

kennyjames on July 18, 2018 at 12:55 pm

The Graduate was shown at the Esquire from 12/22/67 until 12/19/68. It also had a sneak preview on 12/14/67. I am putting together a series of books on the Denver area’s drive-ins and indoor theatres – if anyone has any questions on the subject, I will be happy to share my research with you. You can reach me at . Thanks – Ken Mitchell

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