Boulder Theatre

2022 14th Street,
Boulder, CO 80302

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2022 at 5:14 pm

The Curran Opera House was listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. The August 29 issue of moving Picture World that year ran this item: “Thursdays will be Mary Pickford days at the Curran theater in Boulder, Colo.”

kpdennis on December 11, 2015 at 4:56 pm

I’ve seen so many great concerts – and a couple movies – at this superior venue. New pics from a couple years ago in the Photo section.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on October 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm

The last 35mm film to play at The Boulder was “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Friday, October 17th, 2014. Doors opened at 7:30pm, live preshow entertainment/activities typical of RHPS screenings occurred between 8:00 and 8:45pm and film hit the screen at 8:45pm. Projectionists were Mr. John Templeton (a union projectionist/stage hand/audio engineer since December 11th, 1973 and projectionist at The Boulder since March of 1973) and myself, Mr. Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez (projectionist for over 15 years and union projectionist since 2007, projectionist at The Boulder since March of 2007). Theater was sold out. I literally just tore out the booth with Mr. Templeton less than an hour ago (Monday, October 20th, 2014 9:45am-12:30pm). The booth will be used in the foreseeable future for spotlights and a DCP system will also be brought in occasionally for film festivals and special screenings. All other cinema screenings will be presented on a non-permanent, small digital projector and Bluray/DVD player mounted downstairs at the sound rack.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 19, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Seated 712 according to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1942

CSWalczak on January 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Historical views of the the theater’s interior can be seen on its history page, both in its first incarnation as an opera house and then later as a movie theater. Click on the “Official” link in the headnote, then on “Venue Info,” and then on “History.”

A photo of the concessions counter, at least a few years ago: View link

There is a contemporary view here: View link

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

Are there any AUDITORIUM shots available… please?

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 16, 2009 at 6:52 am

From 1987, a view of the Boulder and from 2009, three additional images. One, Two and Three.

GaryParks on October 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm

My wife and I thank Sarah Coffield, Publicity and Promotions for the Boulder Theatre, for her hospitality in letting us see the inside of the theatre when we spent a day in Boulder two weeks ago. It is a truly beautiful theatre, with an auditorium decorative scheme that is largely intact, with original murals and patterns thoughout.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 24, 2009 at 10:12 pm

The Boulder Theater is a wonderful venue. I am a projectionist there and have been involved with the theater for 3 years. The theater still has most of its historic features intact including two very large and beautiful murals, one on each wall. It also plays host to a very fun and creative staff. There are no traditional theater seats in the main auditorium. Instead, there is a large bar as well as versatile seating that sometimes includes tables. The balcony still has its vintage theater seats. The theater plays host to many events including concerts, plays, film festivals, and a weekly film series. The theater just got a brand new sound system for its films in January of 2009. The booth has two Ballantyne Pro-35 projectors equipped for 6 thousand foot reel changeover. Occasionally, a film will be shown digitally via a DLP projector downstairs on the soundrack.
The head Union projectionist, John Templeton is an expert technician who has been involved in every end of the entertainment business including tech work for concerts, plays, political events, camera crews, athletic events and has projected at many theaters and drive-ins in the area. He has around 35 years experience and has been projecting at the Boulder Theater for 30 years.

ki7f on September 1, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I attended the live taping of the Etown radio show a couple of times in August, 2008 at the Boulder Theater. Beautiful theater! A lot of history in that place.

I understand that a Robert – Morton theater pipe organ was installed in that theater back in 1923. I have an interest in old historic theater pipe organs and in pipe organs in general. Are there any old time photos of that theater pipe organ installation available?

Bill W in Denver ……..

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 13, 2008 at 6:50 pm

A big round of applause to Boulder and their foresight for preserving this wonderful art deco beauty!!


Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 2, 2008 at 12:10 pm

A 1987 view of the Boulder Theater in Boulder.

williame303 on August 5, 2006 at 6:45 pm

I grew up in Boulder and spent many hours at the Boulder Theatre. It has become a beloved landmark and its preservation has been lauded. There are, however, many changes which have happened to the theatre. First of all, the marquee was altered. The stylized script “Boulder” was originally in lower profile block letters. More significantly, the freestanding box-office was removed and the storefronts adjacent to the entrance were refaced with thin 1950s brick. No one, including Historic Boulder, the owner of the facade easement, seems to want to admit this.

Broan on March 13, 2005 at 2:45 pm

Here is a photo of the theatre with the neon lit.

Patsy on December 2, 2004 at 7:52 pm

This art deco theatre facade is remarkable and is added to my list of favorites!

cinemadreams on September 12, 2001 at 8:36 am

Visit the theater website for more info.