Sterling Theatre

915 10th Street,
Greeley, CO 80631

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Previously operated by: Cooper Foundation

Architects: Wayne B. Patterson

Previous Names: Sterling Opera House

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May 1917 image courtesy of Michael Adams.

The Sterling Opera House (later becoming a movie theater) and Hotel complex was opened in 1911. The theater was closed in May 1959 and was razed, together with the block, in January 1969 to make way for the new Weld County offices and jail buildings, known as Weld Centennial Center, which was dedicated in 1976.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

The notes for a walking tour of downtown Greeley (pdf here) say that the Sterling Hotel and Theatre were designed by local architect Wayne B. Patterson.

DavidZornig on January 10, 2016 at 7:44 am

5 photos added courtesy of Bob Sanderson‎. 1940, 1944 & 1947.

AndreasP on January 8, 2021 at 8:17 am

The two postcards titled “Opera Block” and “Opera House” seem to be from another, slightly earlier theatre. I have a postcard of this one titled “New Opera House” with undivided back, which should usually date it before 1907.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 8, 2021 at 12:49 pm

This 2017 article from the Greeley Tribune says that the Sterling Theatre was closed in May, 1959 and was razed in January, 1969. The article also notes that the earlier Greeley Opera House, located on 8th Avenue at 8th Street, had closed in 1908.

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