Denver Theatre

510 16th Street,
Denver, CO 80202

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Fox Inter-Mountain Theaters Inc., Highland Circuit, Publix

Architects: William N. Bowman, Cornelius Ward Rapp, George W. Leslie Rapp

Firms: Rapp & Rapp

Styles: French Renaissance

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Denver Theatre

The Denver Theatre opened by Publix on November 19, 1927 with Bebe Daniels in “She’s a Sheik”. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ. It was located across the street from the Paramount Theatre. It was later operated by Fox Intermountain Theatres Inc. It was twinned on May 24, 1972. It was closed by Highland Theatres in July 1977. The Denver Theatre was demolished around 1980 to become a parking lot.

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Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

DavidZornig on August 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm

1980 auditorium photo and copy added courtesy of The Denver Eye Facebook page.

Inside of The Denver Theatre, 1980, shortly before the wrecking ball

DavidZornig on May 18, 2017 at 8:38 am

1956 photo added courtesy of Marc Sagrilloā€ˇ. Appears to show a remodeled front behind the blade sign.

DavidZornig on August 8, 2017 at 12:11 pm

1965 photo added, credit Save the Signs Facebook page. Double feature 8 years before it was divided.

It should be noted that a number of the photo links embedded in previous comments, now link to a generic Chinese web page.

DavidZornig on January 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm

Circa 1967 photo added courtesy of Wade Winsor.

kennyjames on January 9, 2019 at 2:39 pm

in its later history, the denver closed for remodeling 4/18/72 – 5/23/72 and reopened as a twin 5/24/72. i am currently putting together books on the history of the denver area’s drive-ins and indoor theatres. if anyone has questions on the subject, please feel free to contact me at . i am always happy to share my research. see you at the movies ! – ken mitchell

MichaelKilgore on November 30, 2019 at 5:14 pm

A lengthy article from the Rocky Mountain Journal about Denver’s downtown theaters was reprinted in the Oct. 24, 1977 issue of Boxoffice. It began, “On Nov. 19, 1927, the cream of Denver society paid their 60 cents to see Bebe Daniel’s latest movie "She’s a Sheik” at the Denver Theatre. The patrons were awed by the new two million dollar structure built in French renaissance style and illuminated by more than 5,000 lightbulbs."

rivest266 on April 1, 2024 at 8:10 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on April 6, 2024 at 2:56 pm

Two screens piggy-back style on May 24th, 1972. Grand opening ad posted.

DavidAE on April 6, 2024 at 3:20 pm

According to the Denver Theatre had a Wurlitzer, Opus 1726, Style 260SP, in the year 9/13/1927 and was sold.

rivest266 on April 7, 2024 at 2:33 am

Closed by Highland theatres in July 1977.

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