Isis Theater

406 E. Hopkins Avenue,
Aspen, CO 81611

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Operated by: BTM Cinemas

Functions: Movies (First Run)

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Isis Theater

The Isis Theatre opened on September 20, 1915 with Freeman Barnes in “Officer 666”. It was originally operating with a seating capacity of 360. Along with silent films, variety shows, and minstrel shows the building also hosted church services every Sunday. The original auditorium was demolished, maintaining the facade and ISIS sign, in 1998. In 1999 it opened as a five screen theatre, with stadium seating. Two houses were upstairs and three down.

Around 2012, one of the upstairs auditoriums and half of the lobby were converted into a separate art gallery, and the theater lost one screen. The entrance moved to the right side of the building and original ISIS sign moved as well. Their main competitor, the Carmike Stage 3, also closed around this time leaving the Isis 4 as the only full-time movie house in town.

On September 26, 2022, Bow Tie Management took over operation of the Isis after Metropolitan Theatres' long run.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 3:45 pm

Listed as open in the 1950 F.D.Y. with a seating capacity of 360.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 4:24 pm

Thing is lostmemory, that was then, now it looks like they have added screens and possibly built them onto adjoining land? Is the original auditorium intact? Without a phone call to the current theatre operators we will never know! lol

joemasher on December 14, 2005 at 5:12 am

The original auditorium was demolished and a new building was added containing the five screens. There are three larger screens on the ground floor, and three smaller houses in the basement. There is no original interior decor left from the single screen days. The lobby was completely gutted and rebuilt.

jrs847 on January 5, 2007 at 11:07 am

What a shame that they gutted and multiscreened it. The old Isis was a treat. If Aspen can’t save a historic theater, who can?

ROKMOD on August 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2011 at 5:31 am

Here is Metropolitan Theatres' official Isis Theatre page. They are listing movies on only four screens, though.

This web page appears to be a sale listing for the building, though the information on it does not appear to be up-to-date. It has a few photos, as well as details about the building and its history. This page says that, as of 2001, there were five screens, and that the total seating capacity was 753. Perhaps one of the auditoriums has since been closed.

The original auditorium of the Isis was entirely demolished in 1998. Only the facade of the original building (which was erected in 1892 as a warehouse) is still standing.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Seated 360 according to Film Daily Yearbook of 1942. Also listed as closed that year.

DavidZornig on July 13, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Opening night was September 20, 1915, per the front page of The Aspen Democrat Times Issue. Image with description added to gallery.

DavidZornig on July 13, 2019 at 3:46 pm

5 images in below link.

JosephMasher on September 27, 2022 at 7:05 am

As of 9/26/22, Bow Tie Management operates this theater through its BTM Cinemas brand.

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