Boulder Theatre

2022 14th Street,
Boulder, CO 80302

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Boulder Theatre

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Built in 1906 as the Curran Opera House, the theater was initially a place for live music and stage shows as well as silent film. By 1929 it had been renamed Isis Theatre.

Following the boom in motion picture exhibition, the theater was remodelled in 1936 and reopened as the Boulder Theater and included the more attractive and then relevant Art Deco aesthetic. By the time of its rebirth in 1936, the Boulder Theatre had became a venue for the movies only—a format it maintained until 1978 when movie going alone could no longer pay all of the Boulder’s bills.

In 1981, the theater was converted into a concert hall, but once again, The Boulder Theatre could not remain viable. In 1988, it underwent yet another renovation to incorporate a more concert-friendly seating and acoustic makeover.

Today, the Boulder Theatre has remained a prime venue for concerts and true to its Art Deco past despite numerous renovations. The theatre also shows occasional movies.

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DonLewis
DonLewis on July 13, 2008 at 6:50 pm

A big round of applause to Boulder and their foresight for preserving this wonderful art deco beauty!!

Don…

ki7f
ki7f on September 1, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I attended the live taping of the Etown radio show a couple of times in August, 2008 at the Boulder Theater. Beautiful theater! A lot of history in that place.

I understand that a Robert – Morton theater pipe organ was installed in that theater back in 1923. I have an interest in old historic theater pipe organs and in pipe organs in general. Are there any old time photos of that theater pipe organ installation available?

Bill W in Denver ……..

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 24, 2009 at 10:12 pm

The Boulder Theater is a wonderful venue. I am a projectionist there and have been involved with the theater for 3 years. The theater still has most of its historic features intact including two very large and beautiful murals, one on each wall. It also plays host to a very fun and creative staff. There are no traditional theater seats in the main auditorium. Instead, there is a large bar as well as versatile seating that sometimes includes tables. The balcony still has its vintage theater seats. The theater plays host to many events including concerts, plays, film festivals, and a weekly film series. The theater just got a brand new sound system for its films in January of 2009. The booth has two Ballantyne Pro-35 projectors equipped for 6 thousand foot reel changeover. Occasionally, a film will be shown digitally via a DLP projector downstairs on the soundrack.
The head Union projectionist, John Templeton is an expert technician who has been involved in every end of the entertainment business including tech work for concerts, plays, political events, camera crews, athletic events and has projected at many theaters and drive-ins in the area. He has around 35 years experience and has been projecting at the Boulder Theater for 30 years.

GaryParks
GaryParks on October 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm

My wife and I thank Sarah Coffield, Publicity and Promotions for the Boulder Theatre, for her hospitality in letting us see the inside of the theatre when we spent a day in Boulder two weeks ago. It is a truly beautiful theatre, with an auditorium decorative scheme that is largely intact, with original murals and patterns thoughout.

DonLewis
DonLewis on October 16, 2009 at 6:52 am

From 1987, a view of the Boulder and from 2009, three additional images. One, Two and Three.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

Are there any AUDITORIUM shots available… please?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Historical views of the the theater’s interior can be seen on its history page, both in its first incarnation as an opera house and then later as a movie theater. Click on the “Official” link in the headnote, then on “Venue Info,” and then on “History.”

A photo of the concessions counter, at least a few years ago: View link

There is a contemporary view here: View link

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 19, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Seated 712 according to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942

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