Flatirons Theater

1089 13th Street,
Boulder, CO 80302

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Previously operated by: Highland Circuit, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Architects: Byron Kaufman

Functions: Gymnasium, Retail

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News About This Theater

1986 photo courtesy of John Diego Garcia.

The Flatirons Theater opened as a movie theater in 1950. The Flatirons Theater was last used for community events and live music performances. In addition to continuing those functions, movies returned to the Flatirons Theater.

It was closed in 2009, and in October 2009, the lobby was converted into a liquor store and part of the auditorium into a fitness center.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 10, 2010 at 7:02 am

The August 12, 1950, issue of Boxoffice said the Flatirons Theatre would be ready to open about October 1. The new theater was designed by Lakewood, Colorado, architect Byron Kaufman.

CSWalczak on January 27, 2010 at 9:44 am

According to this article, the theatre is now a dispensary for medical marijuana: http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_14273968

DavidZornig on June 25, 2014 at 10:19 pm

1986 marquee photo added.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on April 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Was once part of the Highland Theatres chain. Should be added to the list of previous operators.

williame303 on January 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

To say this is a marijuana dispensary is misleading. It is a large space with several retail operations as well as professional offices. The main lobby is now a liquor store. Parts of the auditorium are now part of a large 7-11. There is also a fitness center in part of the auditorium space. To accomodate these uses, large windows were punched into the College Avenue facade. In spite of these changes, the property was designated a City of Boulder Landmark.

DemetriousRosebud on February 6, 2016 at 1:32 am

This is where Star Wars played in 1977.

Coate on February 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm

^ …and for a lengthy 27-week engagement. (I’ve got to wonder if that is the long-run record for the Flatirons and/or the city of Boulder?) On a related note, here’s a link to one of my retrospective articles that includes mention of the Flatirons run of “Star Wars” (and hundreds of others).

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm

Previously operated by United Artists, until 7/27/2000.

Refman67 on October 14, 2022 at 3:44 pm

A friend and I drove from Texas to see BLUE VELVET here on October 25, 1986. We loved the film and watched it twice that day. The theater was great and had a huge screen. Under the title on the marquee was “STRANGE GOINS ON.”

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