Throughout Boulder, there’s no shortage of places to catch a live music show. From local coffee ships after sundown to larger venues, The Boulder Theater offers some of the area’s richest performing history in all of Boulder County.
The Boulder Theater opened in 1906, originally as an opera house. Today, residents across the Front Range can enjoy a wide variety of performances inside its beautiful walls.
Artists like Martin Sexton, The Punch Brothers, and the Avett Brothers have all graced its modern day stage. It’s also a popular venue for community events like the always sold-out Ignite Boulder, an evening event filled with five-minute presentations from members of the community.
Want to catch a show at The Boulder Theater? Don’t forget the tickets. Tickets can be purchased in advance via the venue’s website or in person at the box office. Parking for all shows can be easily found in one of the many City of Boulder public parking garages. You might also try parking on Spruce Street (to the North of the theater) or along Walnut Street (to the South below Pearl Street) where meters only run until 7PM and parking is free after that time.
When you purchase tickets to a show at the Boulder Theater, don’t forget to ask about the seating situation. The Front Range is known for its many General Admission-style venues, which means those types of shows offer no reserved seating (and often no seating at all). It’s always a good idea to find out if you’ll be standing for the entire show! Many shows offer only one tier of ticket prices, which is a pretty good indicator of whether a show is General Admission or not.
Want some fun facts about the historic Boulder Theater? These tidbits will make you a hit at the next cocktail party:
- The venue’s name was originally the Curan Opera House
- The first “talkie” movie, “The Jazz Singer”, was shown in the theater in 1927
- The building was renovated and redesigned in 1936, reflecting the popular Art Deco style visible in the current building’s façade and architecture.
- The Boulder Theater is owned by the same parent company as The Fox Theater, another highly popular Boulder live music venue.