Oriental Theater

4335 W. 44th Avenue,
Denver, CO 80212

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The Oriental Theater opened on Christmas Eve, 1927 as one of Denver’s original movie palaces. With the assistance of MOD Productions, the Oriental now operates as a multi-media event venue featuring classic movies, artwork in the lobby and concerts on the weekends. This is the only Colorado theater featuring exclusively classic films.

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daatwood
daatwood on May 24, 2006 at 1:50 am

I proposed to my girlfriend in March 11, 2006 at this wonderful theater. Sweden’s “The Flower Kings” were playing a concert that evening, and they brought me on stage where I proposed to her. Needless to say, the Oriental will always hold a special place in my heart.

Patsy
Patsy on November 1, 2006 at 7:48 pm

Lost Memory: I couldn’t see the above photo as a message read “Tammi G. is no longer active on Flickr.”

RobbKCity
RobbKCity on December 23, 2006 at 1:47 am

Leo A. Desjardins was the architect of the Denver Oriental.

philbertgray
philbertgray on November 6, 2007 at 12:52 pm

Early photo of The Oriental Theatre

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philbertgray
philbertgray on November 6, 2007 at 12:53 pm

Another early view of The Oriental Theatre
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24ljs
24ljs on March 30, 2009 at 11:57 pm

trying to locate Lane McCoy reply tp

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Talk about finding new uses for old movie theatres. Apparently a very colorful venue:

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kpdennis
kpdennis on April 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm

The Oriental in 1995, when shows were sporadic and the venue was dark most of the time:
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KyHollarSmoke
KyHollarSmoke on March 2, 2015 at 2:52 pm

If you are looking for taste of old fashioned entertainment meets Colorado lifestyle than look no further. This was my first experience with The Oriental Theater and it wont be my last. I had only read reviews of the venue before buying tickets to see The Rail Splitters and The Steeldrivers. I ended up giving them a 5 star rating because the overall experience was top notch.

We got there early and enjoyed some beers during sound check and met most of the staff and all of the bands. Crazy how friendly and laid back the place was. Let me start with the owners – Great guys. They don’t over manage their venue. They let you enjoy it. Yes the building is old, but the character of the theater is priceless. The 1920’s charm of the venue really reminds you of better days, when you dressed up to attend the theater and it was a privilege to be there.

Drinks were cheap, easy to get, and not far from hand. Two bars in this small of a theater really makes it nice to leave your seat and grab a drink and not stand in line for 20 minutes missing all your favorite songs. The men’s restroom had no lines, and the women’s was a short wait (Not far from the bar and a new drink to enjoy while in line).

The only drawbacks of the whole night – 1. The sound guy was new… So any of his mistakes can easily be corrected with some more training and experience (he was sick and missed a training last week I was told). He managed to solve most of the issues in a matter of two or three songs. 2. The venue is kinda run down but not in a dirty or dingy way – The bathrooms were clean, the seating areas were clean, the floors looked clean. But this is an old venue and its hard to turn a large enough profit these days to keep the vintage style and look up to its original standards. It really made me feel more at ease and I sat back and enjoyed the show. I’m a sucker for the old theaters of our past.

Lastly, I highly recommend you attend an event here. This will forever be a great memory of a great concert. I attend over 50 events a year and rarely am I this satisfied with a venue. The Oriental Theater is a must. Meet the staff, enjoy the show, leave with many memories.

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