Aurora Fox Arts Center

9900 E. Colfax Avenue,
Aurora, CO 80010

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Previously operated by: Fox Inter-Mountain Theaters Inc.

Architects: Charles Dunwoody Strong

Functions: Concerts, Stage Shows

Styles: Quonset Hut, Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Fox Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 303.739.1970

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1950's photo courtesy of The Denver Eye Facebook page.

The Fox Theatre was built for Fox Intermountain Theatres, opening on October 30, 1946, with Robert Young and Dorothy McQuire in “Claudia and David”. It was one of the early Quonset Hut style movie theatres to open, and was unusual for the fact that it had a stepped stadium seating area at the rear. It is now used for stage shows and concerts.

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Celluloidkid on March 21, 2006 at 2:13 pm

Aurora Fox Arts Center
Address: 9900 E Colfax Ave
Phone: 303.361.2910

Description: Named Best Season for a Local Theatre Company (Westword, Best of Denver, June 29, 2000), the Aurora Fox Arts Center offers an array of entertainment for all ages. Call the box office for a schedule, rates and subscriber information. Plays, Musicals, Children’s Theater, Concerts, Guest Artists Performing Arts Classes, including Young Actor’s Workshop Discounts available for students, season subscribers and groups

I saw several plays at this theater, and a nice Alfred Hitchcock festivale here to!

randini on September 18, 2007 at 6:25 pm

“Quonset huts” were a WW2 invention, prefabricated steel structures built in ever-expanding domed hemispherical sections. In the immediate aftermath of the war they were an obvious way for enterprising ex-servicemen to start up businesses, and neighborhood movie theatres, then, seemed like a hot idea. How the Aurora house got to be a “Fox” house, though, suggests that Hollywood might have been thinking in such terms as well. Any thoughts, Mr. O'Malley?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 9, 2008 at 10:24 pm

Here’s the official website of the Aurora Fox.

It says (among other things) that the theatre was designed by Denver architect Charles Strong; was operated by the Fox Intermountain Amusement Company; was opened on October 30, 1946; closed as movie theatre following a fire on November 18, 1981; was renovated for use as an arts center in 1984. It also says that the original auditorium was, like its replacement, a quonset structure.

Quite a few quonset-style theatres were built in the late 1940s. I know of three that were built in the San Gabriel Valley area est of Los Angeles alone: Clarence J. Smale’s Colorado Theatrein Pasadena, and S. Charles Lee’s Star Theatre in La Puente and Garmar Theatre in Montebello. Cinema Treasures currently lists 47 theatres as being in quonsets (the Aurora Fox is not yet on the list, by the way), and is probably missing about as many.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 15, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Photos of the Fox appear on page 271 of the November 15, 1947, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The original auditorium, like its replacement, was a quonset structure, but Charles D. Strong’s designs for the facade and decoration were all decidedly Moderne.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 15, 2009 at 11:18 pm

That comment should read page 265, which is page 23 of the Modern Theatre section. There are two additional photos on the following page. Issuu renumbers the pages for the digital version.

KJB2012 on May 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Do they light the Fox name at night?

TLSLOEWS on July 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Nice photos looks like they are fixing her up.

DavidZornig on August 22, 2015 at 12:19 pm

1950’s photo added courtesy of The Denver Eye Facebook page.

kennyjames on July 20, 2018 at 11:33 am

I am putting together a series of books on the Denver area’s drive-ins and indoor moviehouses – including a full booking history of the Fox Aurora. If anyone has questions on the subject, feel free to contact me at and I’ll be happy to share my research with you. Thanks – Ken Mitchell

kennyjames on September 10, 2020 at 9:42 am

I’ve put together a booking history for the Fox Aurora, from 1946 up to 1978 so far, in case anyone might like to know when a particular movie played there. I’ll be happy to share my research with you. Take care – Ken Mitchell ()

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