An all-around entertainment venue, Boulder Theater is considered an architectural gem in the city of Boulder, Colorado. Influenced and developed on the lines of art deco, the performance art theater will soon celebrate its 82nd anniversary.
Starting out as an opera house in 1906, the Boulder Theatre has now become the entertainment hub of the city. Following renovations in 1936, it reopened as a multi-purpose arena that hosted concerts, musical events, films’ screening and exhibitions. The tradition continues till today as the venue has branched out to present a variety of shows that cater to a wide audience. As soon as the events are announced, Boulder Theater tickets inventory is updated, so that the patrons can be a part of a relaxed buying experience.
Boulder Theater – History
A historic landmark in Boulder, Colorado, the Boulder Theater has a rich past that blends with its thriving present. Founded in 1906 as the Curran Opera House, it was one of the premier entertainment venues in the country.
The performance hall inaugurated its iconic stage with the play “On the Quiet” and soon after other operas and musicals followed. In no time the Opera House became a cultural center in Boulder and introduced ballets, live entertainment and even church programs. Recording an impressive turnout, the venue opted for more diversity and presented children’s productions, musical concerts and later added films to the programs list.
Named after a wealthy billboard advertiser and developer James Curran, the venue attracted a lot of big productions and events. In 1927, the Warner Bros. presented the first feature length musical film “The Jazz Singer” at the theater and numerous tickets were sold that year. Even at the time of the Great Depression, the venue arranged double features and provided the patrons incentives like free sacks of groceries to those seated on lucky numbered seats.
In 1935, the building was purchased by the Fox Theatre Company and renamed as the Boulder Theater. Undergoing major renovations which included changing the layout of the venue, the theater was expanded and the overall capacity was increased. Kansas City’s Robert Boller made the architectural modifications and in 1936, the venue once again opened its doors.
After a naming contest was conducted, the city settled on the Boulder Theater. Inspired by the art deco style, the venue added a lot of paintings and colorful murals to the interior that it’s immensely famous for.
Boulder Theater – A Big Part of Boulder’s Entertainment World
From the time of the venue’s renovation till the late 70s’, the Boulder Theater mostly screened movies. But as multiplex cinemas spurred around the country, the then owner Mann Theatres decided to shut down the Boulder Theatre. In 1981, the ownership landed in the hands of Mountain Productions and the Boulder Theater was yet again re-launched – this time as a multipurpose entertainment venue.
Movie screenings, concerts, musicals, plays and special events, all lit up the venue and brought people to its doorstep. The 1000-seat venue attracted a lot of touring artists and became the most desired entertainment destination in town. From time to time it changed owners who all brought transformations to the design but nonetheless, the Boulder Theater remained one of the finest live entertainment and concert venues.
National as well as international artists, along with the local talent, everyone is invited to present their talent on the theater’s stage. In 2010, the operations of the Boulder Theater and Fox Theatre were merged to create Z2 Entertainment. It has since introduced ingenious ideas like the Boulder International Film Festival, Boulder Adventure Film Festival, Warren Miller Films and the Banff Film Festival.
Boulder Theater Calendar
The events’ calendar at the Boulder Theater is always happening. 2018-19 schedule is no exception as an exciting program list has been revealed.
Boulder Theater tickets include the highly anticipated book event “Pete Souza: Author of Obama: An Intimate Portrait”. Pete’s work reproduces more than 300 photographs, all iconic, documenting the most momentous hours of Obama’s presidency.
Another event that’s creating a lot of genuine hype is the Big Mountain Enduro: The Moment. The Boulder Theater will host a special Colorado screening of the documentary film that captures the thrilling history of freeride mountain biking.
Merrill Garbus’s music project “Tune-Yards” is also coming to the theater in April 2018. The performance is in support of his new album “I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life”.
The summer season at the Boulder Theater promises to be a melodic one. Joshua Redman Quartet has announced a concert at the venue that will take place in June. An acclaimed jazz artist and saxophonist, Redman has exposed the younger generation to the genre, treating them to his ingenious compositions.
The talented composer and cellist Zoë Keating will be bringing the house down at the Boulder Theater in June. Her mesmerizing fusion of intricate, compelling and dark music has taken the fans by storm and just like her other concerts, the Boulder event is also likely to be sold out.
There are so many shows to choose from as the events season at the Boulder Theater has something for everyone. Browse through the inventory and take your pick.