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Fox Theatre Boulder: Colorado’s Top Indoor Venue

Fox Theatre Boulder

Located on “The Hill” in Boulder, the Fox Theatre is one of Colorado’s best music venues. And it’s my favorite indoor venue in Colorado, by far! Rolling Stone Magazine recently rated the Fox Theatre as the 4th best music venue in the country. It hosts top-notch talent, a first-rate sound system, and an extremely intimate 625 capacity atmosphere.

Over the years I’ve seen dozens of shows at the Fox Theatre, including acts like Jurassic 5, Tim Reynolds, and Gregory Alan Isakov. But last week’s sold out Gasoline Lollipops vinyl release show will go down as one of the most memorable. The Gasoline Lollipops (known as the “Gas Pops” to fan faithful) are

“An alt-country band from Colorado that combines the sincerity of dirt-floor folk with the rebelliousness of punk.” – Gasoline Lollipops

From the moment front-man, Clay Rose, and company took the stage, they had the raucous crowd rocking. Alexandra Schwan was a beautiful compliment to Rose’s voice. Don Ambory hammered away at intricate guitar solo after intricate guitar solo. What a night!

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History of the Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado

Built in 1926 as the Rialto Theatre, the building at 1135 13th Street had a number of occupants in its early years. The Rialto was originally a vaudeville theater, but earlier newspaper reports also seem to indicate that it was a movie theater. It struggled in its first few decades and was frequently vacant as business after business failed.

During the 1940s, music for dancing was provided every Friday and Saturday night. Jukeboxes located in the balcony provided music for dancing on other occasions. In 1951, the City of Boulder issued a building permit to the Fox Theatre Company to remodel the building into a cafeteria.

The Fox Theater, located at 2022 14th Street in downtown Boulder, was destroyed by fire on April 18, 1960. The new Fox Theatre was opened on July 7, 1961. It was operated as a screened theater for years.

Finally, in 1991, Pyramid Group, Inc. leased the Fox Theatre Boulder building from the Mann Theatres. The City of Boulder issued the theatre a liquor license, and the building was converted into a concert hall. The interior of the building was altered for new use, providing for a sellable capacity of 625 people. The music hall focused on national concerts.

Josh T

Josh is a native son and big fan of pack burro racing. He thru-hiked the Colorado Trail, loves running and biking, and is passionate about sharing his favorite journeys and experiences with others. You can typically find Josh out exploring the less beaten paths under Colorado's sunny skies.

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