Esquire Theatre

590 Downing Street,
Denver, CO 80218

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Esquire Theater, Denver CO 1988

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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
William on November 18, 2003 at 3:49 pm

The Esquire Theatre seated at one time 780 people.

gerryiii
gerryiii on November 12, 2006 at 6:07 am

Hello! How do you know it seated 780 folks? I am a manager at the Esquire, and have a great interest in finding and preserving it’s history. There isn’t much on the theatre, and I’ve had trouble finding stuff on it.

To Chuck1231: do you have the picture that was (but is no longer) on photobucket? I would be interested in seeing it. thanks!

William
William on March 8, 2007 at 9:40 am

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

blgwc
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
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
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
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.

thanks!

Gerry

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