Century 21

1370 S. Colorado Boulevard,
Denver, CO 80222

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Century 21

Built in the late-1960’s, the Century 21 Theatre was a single screen, 1,065 seat movie theatre. It was a first run house through the 1970’s, 1980’s and early-1990’s.

In the late-1980’s it was renovated to be a genuine THX house an was often booked specifically for action and science fiction films because of it’s big screen and incredible sound system. It closed in 1993, and is now a Soundtrack electronics store.

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MontyM on March 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Silent Movie and Close Encounters of The Third Kind played at the Cooper Theater four blocks north.

jmg24601 on July 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I remember seeing Raiders there opening day and later on my second ever date. I thought Close Encounters was at the Cooper and Gandhi would have been the last movie with an intermission. (maybe the movie had one and they did not use it) Is there any truth to the rumor that when The Jerk was tested there, Steve Martin was there?

Chazzmania on July 15, 2013 at 10:17 am

I worked up the street at the Cooper in the early 1980’s and remember Rich Vincent as the manager of the Century 21. I would love to reconnect with Rich and his friend Jim Townley, the manager of the Cooper/Cameo who was also my boss.

I worked at the Cooper during Blade Runner, World According to Garp, Pink Floyd the Wall and other memorable films of the early 80’s.

Lula on November 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Hey! I worked as a (concession) cashier and then an usher under the management of Richard Vincent back in the late 70’s. The Boys From Brazil was playing when I started and I was there for the duration of Superman. If I remember correctly – Close Encounters was playing at The Cooper and Invasion of the Bodysnatchers was playing at The Continental around then. It was either Close Encounters or Star Wars. The Cooper got them both at any rate. Actually I think it was Star Wars because the ticket price was $3.50 for Star Wars and when we premiered Superman it was a huge deal that ticket prices had gone up to $4.00 (it was practically a scandal to charge that much). Mile High Comics had a display set up in our lobby with something like the first 4-5 issues of Superman comic books. We had to have an armored guard in the theater because the comics were so valuable (and we had so much money in the joint). That’s back when you actually had lines wrapped around the building waiting to get in. I remember we got to have a private screening of Battlestar Galactica. They were test screening it so it was employees only. Pretty cool. Also the seats on the left side of the theater had built in ashtrays in the armrest. Something you can’t imagine now. Century 21 was such a cool theater. People now have no concept of what it was like to see a movie in a theater like that or The Cooper or The Continental. The last time I was in Denver I hardly recognized Colorado Blvd. So sad that so many cool theaters are gone.

mindifp on January 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm

I also worked at this theater summers from 1985-1990, eventually becoming an assistant manager. What an exceptional theater! I worked for Russ Page for quite a few of those years, does anyone remember him? I heard of Mr. Vincent frequently from District Office personnel who would frequently stop in because we were to close to their offices. This was one of the best jobs I ever had because of the great movies (“Top Gun” was showing when I started), great staff, and really great skills I developed while working my way from concessions into management. I remember when it closed and I sadly visited the Soundtrack a few times just so I could feel the aura of a place that meant so much to me.

Interestingly, I worked at Heritage High School a few years ago and it must have been built by the same folks that designed Century 21; it had the same “stripes” on the outside of the building.


Coate on July 6, 2017 at 10:26 am

Does anyone remember if Disney’s “Tron” played here in summer 1982 and/or during its autumn ‘82 re-release?

DENNISMAHANEY1 on February 19, 2018 at 8:28 pm

My division office was a Cinema Cherry Creek the original 1800 seats for GENERAL CINEMA, later I joined MANN THEATERS as C.O.O. so I know the Century 21 well, Co. blvd, meant everything then, so was all about COOPER and the Century 21, after those two I say was CHERRY CREEK, I am now retired in N.M. on FB there a number of theater sites there open to all

DENNISMAHANEY1 on February 19, 2018 at 8:58 pm

Sad this very special theater does not have better photos, one of the most important theaters in it day, Cinema Cheery Creek so few

Chazzmania on February 19, 2018 at 9:23 pm

Dennis, did you know Rich Vincent? A friend and I are looking for Rich and his friend Jim Townley.

DENNISMAHANEY1 on February 19, 2018 at 9:57 pm

Yes I just woke up kept thinking do I know him yes RICH were you not at MANN, then left with KEITH ISSAC help and think you worked at CINEMA WESTLAND, later MANN took all G.C.C. in Co. and by then I was with MANN wow took me a little time to remember but in a week I hit seventy five I been posting a number of MANN THEATERS on FB as well as G.C.C. today in working the web ran into old BOX OFFICE mag. found what you see I posted, so I say again, CENTURY 21 was a real GEM of a theater hope to speak more with you all

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