Woodlawn Theater

1500 W. Littleton Boulevard,
Littleton, CO 80120

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Previously operated by: Fox Midwest Theatres

Functions: Beauty Salon, Dance Studio

Previous Names: Fox Woodlawn Theater

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Woodlawn Theater Today

This was the theater I grew up with in Littleton, Colorado. It was opened in 1957.

This was the classic formula of a neighborhood theater: First run movies, but kids movies and other things on the weekend.

I remember seeing the re-release of “The Ten Commandments” here, Disney films, James Bond movies, sci-fi movies. It had a nice little concession stand, and was just a great childhood memory.

It has been closed since at least the late-1970’s; it is not divided into multiple units, the front part which was the lobby is now a beauty salon. At one point, a radio station operated on the top floor, KMOR, which must have been very small.

Contributed by Kevin Preston

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

KevinPreston on June 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Valkaries…I have a photo of this, let me try to dig it out. I took it when I made the first post—OMG—6 years can it be??? But CT was not accepting pics at that time. Now that it is back up, I will dig up that picture! Hold on!

DeeAnn365 on January 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I grew up at Woodlawn, too! Every Saturday (and Sunday?) – What was the manager’s name? Remember, he would yell at all of us to be quiet… Good memories though! Hope Kevin gets the photo up!!!

KevinPreston on March 13, 2012 at 12:09 am

Guys….between the site not accepting photos for a few years, AND me not getting around to it, it has been a while. Finally….I dug this out and here it is for your enjoyment.

This was taken when I had to go back to Denver on business in 2004. I went inside the salon and the ladies were really nice to me. Most of the salon is in the area where the lobby and the snack bar was.

If you Google Map 1500W Littleton Blvd, you will see this show up…look for the “Adventures in Dance” location, a little to the right of the red “A” denoting the address. This is the end of the building where the Woodlawn was.

Other interesting tidbits…the “Savers” building, right North of the Woodlawn, used to be, I believe, a Safeway…it has that odd domed architecture that was popular for a few years. Across Littleton Blvd you can see one of the last “A-frame” International House of Pancakes buildings. Sadly, it is closed at the time the Google images were taken…it was open I believe when I was there in 2004. I used to eat there with my mom when she took me shopping, we are talking 1966 and 1967. I still remember her eating the “diet plate”, hamburger patty, cottage cheese and Ry-Krisp. Funny, 45 years later we call that a proper weight loss diet, and they “got it” back then. I loved going to that place.

Hope you guys enjoy the picture and memories!

RobertBruceBaird on April 17, 2012 at 6:06 am

This was my favorite movie house. Always riding my bicycle miles to see a James Bond flick (1965) at the age of 8 years old with my younger sister who was six years old at the time.

Jedediah on June 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Although a native Texan my family lived in what is now Centennial from 1958-1963. Well do I remember the Woodlawn. There was an embankment across the alley where the retaining wall is now and the manager was constantly cautioning us about running across the alley and up the slope because we would get squashed by cars. That and “No Whistling!” I remember it well.

Dogman on December 3, 2012 at 11:00 pm

The Managers name was Breck Fagan. Mr. Fagan would often raise the house lights right after the cartoons, and threaten all of us “Malcontents” with horrible things if we acted up. Following his speech, he would motion to John Slott, Master Projectionist to go ahead and start the main feature. KUDY was the first radio station on the second floor, followed by KMOR then KDKO. Among us kids, we had heard that children acting up and brought to the Manager’s office would never be seen again. We really believed that. My mom and I used to clean the theater. I always feared Mr. Fagan. (actually he was a nice old fellow). He loved to intimidate kids. He would always provide jobs for older kids, 16, 17 18. Ushers, concessions, tickets, etc. I egg-shampooed his car at his home one Halloween. He died of a heart attack a few weeks later. I still feel guilty about egging his car. I sure miss Woodlawn.

ramullen on February 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

My mom used to work at the Woodlawn Theater, as the part-time bookkeeper, so we got to go see movies for free on Saturdays. I remember Mr. Fagan too, loved him although he did indeed act a big grouchy…he had gout and was in a lot of pain, tried to hide it. They sold those giant dill pickles at the concession stand, for 5 cents. Remember when they were sweeping the floor after the last Saturday show and found a 28AA bra, lol. Maybe “Dogman” (above) was the bra-finder, who knows? Dogman do you remember my mom, Joanne Mullen?

Dogman on February 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

ramullen: I don’t recall knowing your mom, but I probably did. She and my mom, Mary Ann Thompson likely knew each other well. We were always finding stuff, wallets, combs, jackets, hats, sweaters, and an occasional pair of panties. There used to be a box in the ticket window for lost & found things. The strangest was a big ring of keys. We found out when they came to retreive the ring that it belonged to an employee of the Savings & Loan office over by the Pancake house. Those were good days. I loved that theater.

valkaries on February 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I loved reading all the wonderful comments about the Woodlawn! If anybody has any old Photos of it from the 1960’s or 1970’s PLEASE email me at . I will also share them with the Littleton Historical Society, as they are needing original photos of the theater in it’s hayday. It was a wonderful place!

dallasmovietheaters on May 14, 2019 at 10:52 pm

The Woodlawn Shopping Center' s 765-seat Woodlawn Theatre launched in 1957. Pictures in photos.

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