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JPowers commented about Stargazers Theatre on May 23, 2022 at 7:31 pm

I loved this theater in the 1970’s. I think I saw my first ever movie in a theater here with KRAKATOA: EAST OF JAVA. The theater featured a curved 150 degree panorama wide screen, which was great for big event movies. The seating was steeply raked, stadium-style many years before that became popular. The theater hosted ROCKY HORROR on Saturday nights at midnight, which I finally got to attend on my 15th birthday. My best experience here was opening weekend of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. A perfect setting. Massive wraparound screen. I was captivated. Now that I live in Los Angeles, I marvel that I was able to grow up with a movie house very similar to the Cinerama Dome, in little ol’ Colorado Springs!

JPowers commented about Chief Theatre on Aug 30, 2016 at 9:47 am

Does anyone have interior pictures of this theater? I saw some of my first Disney films here, and I remember the decor as rather ornate and colorful around the proscenium. I also remember a large marble stairway to the balcony. But I never see photos posted from the inside.

JPowers commented about Broadmoor Little Theatre on Aug 30, 2016 at 9:39 am

Wow – I had forgotten about this place!

To answer Anthony’s question above, yes, this theater used to be open to the public. Admission was about half a standard theater. I think it tended towards second-run and some art house fare, since there wasn’t really a local art house (other than Poor Richard’s, which was a bookstore downtown, but showed movies on a regular basis). This theater was small, tucked behind the main lobby in the original building. I remember seeing AMADEUS there when it debuted in the early 80’s, as well as A LITTLE ROMANCE.

The Broadmoor used to be very open to the surrounding community. We would walk the lake and feed the ducks often, and have dinner or brunch on a regular basis. It was practically my playground for a number of years when my sisters were figure skating at the World Arena in the early 70’s (where they filmed ICE CASTLES). Later I heard the resort put up a lot of fences and made it much more a private space, which gibes with the theatre showing classics and making it free to hotel guests nowadays.