The Boulder Theater: Over 100 Years of Entertainment

Inside Boulder Theater

Since 1906, the Boulder Theater has been entertaining residents and visitors with the popular entertainment of the time, ranging from opera to rock ‘n roll to disco (yes, disco). These days, the theater plays host to comedians, live bands, orchestral performance, film festivals, and more, and if you’re a fan of E-Town on National Public Radio, every episode is broadcast directly from the Boulder Theater!

The Boulder Theater receives praise for its intimate atmosphere, with a stage that’s easily viewable from practically anywhere in the venue, and for over 100 years, it has been the place to go for a great night out with friends or family. That’s why it’s one of our favorite attractions in Boulder.

A Piece of History

The Boulder Theater began life as the Curran Opera House in 1906 and featured everything from opera to musical theater to silent films—they showed The Jazz Singer, the very first “talkie,” in 1927. Thanks to double features and a giveaway of groceries to lucky movie goers, the theater made it through the Great Depression intact to be purchased and redesigned by the Fox Theater Company.

The façade from the 1936 redesign is still in place today, designated as an official Colorado Historic Landmark. Despite its classic exterior, the interior has been updated time and time again to accommodate all different kinds of entertainment, and since the turn of the century, the theater has hosted an average of 250 events each year that have featured some of the most well-respected artists performing at local, national, and international levels.

Part of what makes the Boulder Theater such an important part of our community is that so many of us have been involved with its maintenance and preservation over the years, and we know that it wouldn’t be what it is today without generations of love and care.

Buy Tickets in Advance

The Boulder Theater isn’t just one of our favorite attractions in Boulder; it’s everyone’s. So if there’s an event or a concert that you’re particularly excited for, we encourage you to buy your tickets in advance before the show sells out.