Spirit House Cabaret

611 N. Main Street,
Pueblo, CO 81003

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Westland Theaters Inc.

Architects: Carl Boller, Robert O. Boller

Firms: Boller Brothers

Functions: Bar, Nightclub

Previous Names: Rialto Theatre, Chief Theatre, Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 719.564.0579

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Designed by the Boller Brothers the Rialto Theatre opened in March 1918. It became the Chief Theatre in 1935 after it had been remodelled to the plans of Robert O. Boller. By 1951 it was operated by Westland Theatres.

After closing as a movie theatre it became a disco. Since July 2003 it has served as a Performing Arts Center. In 2016 it became a nightclub & bar named Spirit House Cabaret.

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Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

teecee on April 21, 2005 at 1:54 pm

As recent as 10/25/02 it was a venue for live comedy:

“So you’ve had a hankering for drag queens, impersonation, comedy and cabaret since Hedwig? Well, join the club! Or, even better, go to it. Pueblo’s Chief Theater presents gender-bending diva and comedienne Titania LaVey & Co. "So put on your makeup…” etc., and head down 611 N. Main St. in Pueblo at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5.50 in advance (available at Independent Records), $6.50 the day of the show. For more info, call 719/545-2566."

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 9, 2008 at 6:32 pm

A 1985 view of the Chief Theater in Pueblo open and showing movies here and here and a 1987 view here and here closed and for sale for $75,000. Sounds like a bargain. What great detail the the thunderbirds were in the small hexagon openings on each side of the “Chief” sign.

kencmcintyre on June 9, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Looks like it’s a performing arts center:

Chris1982 on September 5, 2014 at 10:27 pm

The remodel of the Rialto Theatre to the Chief took place in 1938, It was remodeled again in 1949. Robret O. Boller was the architect for both remodels. The Rialto/Chief was owned by the Chief Investment Co. of Denver, CO.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2018 at 9:53 am

This article from 2017 says that the Runyon Theatre went dark in December, 2016. It has since reopened as a bar and night club called the Spirit House Cabaret.

The recent opening of the Rialto Theatre at Pueblo was announced in the May 4, 1918, issue of The Moving Picture World. In 2017, Spirit House Cabaret was planning an event to commemorate the theater’s 100th anniversary in March, 2018, so that might be the month in which the theater originally opened.

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