New Ute Events Center

132 East 4th Street,
Rifle, CO 81650

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Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on July 13, 2010 at 7:20 am

A very nice, art deco gem in a small yet thriving Colorado mountain community. The facade indeed does the theater no justice. I have attended a couple movies here and it is a charming place to take in a movie. The auditorium walls are covered with blue fabric, most likely from a 1970s renovation but all of the other original, art deco accents are still present. The ceiling is a stunning plaster design, original to the theater’s opening. It could use some restoration as there is a little bit of water damage due to a past owner neglecting the roof. The seats appear to be original. They are red in color and have a very nice 1940s look to them. A few were removed at the ends in the center of the auditorium to accommodate wheelchairs It was owned at one time by Stan Pratt who owned many theaters across Colorado. The present owners are Kelly and Jacinto Iniguez but they have sold it to the city who will take over ownership in August. The city’s intentions are presently unclear. The booth contains a Simplex XL projector and SPECO platters. There is also a small apartment above the theater which is presently rented out.

Don’t let the front deceive you…this is a very beautiful theater inside. While outside, however, be sure to check out the beautiful, golden bricks that make up the exterior walls.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Looks more like a saloon.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Very plain looking Theatre.

atmos
atmos on May 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm

This theatre is listed in the 1948/49 Theatre Catalog as a new cinema.The architect was Donald J. Monson.