Chief Plaza 4 Cinemas

813 Lincoln Avenue,
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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Previously operated by: Carmike Cinemas

Functions: Performing Arts

Previous Names: Chief Theatre, Village Theatre, Chief Plaza Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 970.871.4791

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Chief Plaza 4 Cinemas

The Chief Theatre was the second movie theatre to be built in Steamboat Springs. Built by an Indian Chief from Oklahoma named Harry Gordon, it opened September 23, 1926 as a single screen theatre with 450 seats. The other theatre was the Alden Theatre that closed shortly after the Chief Theatre opened with talking pictures.

Following a remodel in May 1969 the Chief Theatre was renamed Village Theatre. It was converted to a four-screen theatre showing first run attractions and operated by Carmike Theatres until September 2, 2012. By 2013 it had converted back to a single auditorium and was operating as a performing arts center.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Jacker on December 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm

This is for sale any info on it?

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on March 10, 2010 at 1:17 am

Just passed by this theater today and it is still for sale. There is a big “For Sale” sign on the marquee. I have to say it looks pretty sad. A 450 seat theater that gets cut up into 4 theaters? It’s got to be terrible. I didn’t get to go in but I did peek in through the doors and it just didn’t look the least bit interesting architecturally.

CSWalczak on August 29, 2010 at 7:00 am

A local group called Friends of the Chief has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the theater and turn it into a single auditorium performing arts center. According to this article, Carmike would apparently continue running the theater until their lease runs out in 2012: View link

CSWalczak on August 31, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Carmike is closing the theater as of September 6, 2012 and is removing its equipment: View article

cc44 on December 22, 2013 at 1:05 am

The Chief Theatre is now a performing arts center. website

Texas2step on December 15, 2015 at 8:27 pm

The Chief Theatre opened on September 23, 1926.

MichaelKilgore on January 21, 2020 at 12:58 am

Boxoffice, Feb. 16, 1959: “Bob Smith has sold his interests in the Chief Theatre in Steamboat Springs and the Rio in Oak Creek to Ralph and Rota Hinkson. … Smith joined Joe Ashby as partner 18 years ago and both have operated the theatres continuously since that time.”

MichaelKilgore on February 10, 2020 at 5:35 pm

Boxoffice, March 14, 1966: “Joe Ashby has sold the Chief Theatre, Steamboat Springs, to George Frick. Ashby, a pioneer in the Denver territory, was RKO exchange manager here (in Denver) before going into exhibition at Steamboat Springs more than 20 years ago.”

Boxoffice, May 12, 1969: “George Frick has changed the name of his Chief Theatre to the Village Theatre following a remodeling job.”

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