Colorado Cinemas I-II-III-IV

Colorado Boulevard,
Denver, CO 80246

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Colorado 4 - Denver, CO

It was on Colorado Boulevard near E. Alameda Avenue in the Glendale district of Denver. It was one of the first multiplexes in the area, opening two screens on June 30, 1973 with Edward Fox in “The Day of the Jackal” & Burt Reynolds in “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing”. On July 27, 1973 the other two screens opened with Richard Harris in “Camelot” & “Charlotte’s Web”.

The outside was stucco with a entry way of a huge arch 2 or 3 feet before the main doors.

The movie “American Graffiti” starring Richard Dreyfuss was the fifth movie to play in the multiplex and was still on the marquee for the cinema’s first birthday. The Colorado Cinemas I, II, III, IV were operated by AMC Theatres.

Contributed by Cynthia Sulaiman

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MissaLick
MissaLick on April 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Saw a ton of movies here back in the 70’s and 80’s. Distinctly remember that big entrance arch because it faced West and if you went to see something in one of the theaters on the East side in the late afternoon the sun would come streaming in like a spotlight and shine on the screen through the space between the doors. Brilliant Design!! They finally jerry-rigged these ridiculous curtains they set up in front the doors, but I always avoided going here at certain times of the day. Next door to Bob’s Texaco; “A bob cat for service!”

DenverNative
DenverNative on December 23, 2015 at 9:50 am

Unfortunately, my memory of the Colorado 4 was from the mid-80s and sitting in the theater and seeing a swarm of bugs crawling all over the wall. My date and I got up and went out to the lobby to complain and we received coupons for free tickets (which we used at a different theater; there was no way I was going back).

kennyjames
kennyjames on February 16, 2019 at 1:31 pm

with regards to the note above about american graffiti being among the first 4 movies shown at the colorado 4 —– the theatres opened on 6/30/73, with the day of the jackal and the man who loved cat dancing. camelot and charlotte’s web were added on 7/27/73. american graffiti had a sneak preview on 8/8/73 and began its regular engagement on 8/15/73. while american graffiti wasn’t part of the theatres' original line-up, it was officially the 5th movie shown at the colorado 4.

i am putting together a series of books on the history of the denver area’s drive-ins and indoor theatres – including several booking histories. if anyone has any questions on the subject, please feel free to contact me at . i’ll be happy to share my research with you. sincerely – kenneth mitchell

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