Federal Theatre

3830 Federal Boulevard,
Denver, CO 80211

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Federal Theater, Denver CO 1997

Apparently opened in the 1920’s. The Federal Theatre was remodeled in 1948 to the plans of architect Charles D. Strong. It was closed as a movie theatre in the 1970’s. It has been used since its closing as a music venue and for storage. In 2009, it was being used as a church.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 4, 2008 at 1:43 am

An artist’s impression of the Federal Theater is here:

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and an article about closed Denver theaters that mentions the Federal’s history after closing as a theater is here:

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AiYume
AiYume on August 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I used to go to the Federal Theater in the 80s. It had reopened as a second run theater to try to compete with the newly opening discount theaters in the Denver area.

The first movie I remember seeing there was Tron toward the end of summer in 1982. The last movie I remember seeing there was Pretty in Pink in the spring of 1986.

In contrast to the article at Westword linked earlier, I have no recollection of the Federal showing porn. The neighborhood seems like it would have been unsuited to such a theater.

kpdennis
kpdennis on February 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm

I saw The Thing with Kurt Russell here in 1982 – by then, the Federal was a dark, dank dollar-house venue.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Image and copy added courtesy of Save The Signs Facebook page.

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