By Tyra Sutak
My first concert at a venue in Boulder was one for the books. I’ll never forget it. It was my fifteenth birthday and I was celebrating (sans parents) with a group of friends at The Fox Theater on the Hill.
For weeks, I had begged my parents to let me go. I spent many long nights leading up to the show wearing out the ‘e’ in the please and rattling off lists of qualities I possessed that resembled anything close to responsibility. It was a pretty pathetic time in my teenage years, and it’s hard not to laugh looking back on it now— especially considering that the band that I was dying to see was Chumbawamba. Don’t judge me; it was the 90’s. But the experience left a lasting impression and spawned a love and appreciation for the historic Fox Theater and its sister venue,The Boulder Theater.
In terms of age, The Boulder Theater has nearly two decades on its cross-town counterpart. The building, located in downtown Boulder, was constructed in 1906 as the Curran Opera House— a popular place for locals to catch an opera production or a silent film.
It wasn’t until the 1930’s that the iconic art deco interior was added, giving the building its unforgettable character. Today, The Boulder Theater is the city’s top music venue, which isn’t surprising considering the impressive list of artists that have graced its stage. And with a capacity of only 850, each and every show is an intimate one.
The Fox Theater was originally built in 1926 as the Rialto Theater. Over the years, The Fox has featured vaudeville acts, movies, dancers, music, and more. Catching a show at the Fox is like hanging out with 649 or your closest friends. And since the introduction of a liquor license in the 1990’s, it’s also a great place to grab a local microbrew— many of which are served up at the venue’s bar.
With summer approaching, both venues are ramping up their calendars with a strong line-up of nationally touring musicians. George Ezra is stopping through the The Fox Theater on April 2nd. The Infamous Stringdusters are playing two nights at the Boulder Theater this month. The Drive-By Truckers are in town. And Damien Rice will be taking the stage at The Boulder Theater on April 17th.
The Boulder Theater is also staying true to it’s roots this month with a handful of films on the calendar, beginning with the Fly Fishing Film Tour on April 1st which will feature live music by local band, Interstate Stash Express. The 23rd Annual Microbreweries for the Environment is also on tap in April. Tickets are still available for this beloved local event that will take place at the Boulder Theater on April 4th. Atomga and The Herd are providing the tunes and thirteen local breweries will be on hand serving up their brews. The event benefits local environmental initiatives and is definitely great way to kick off festival season in the area.
View The Fox Theater’s Calendar
View The Boulder Theater’s Calendar