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Chief Theater Going Strong

Chief Theater Going Strong

Just two years into its resurrection as a performing arts and cultural venue, downtown’s Chief Theater continues to bolster the arts, culture and entertainment scene in Steamboat Springs.

The movie theater, built in 1926, was purchased by the nonprofit Friends of the Chief for $1.45 million in October 2012 and opened its doors to the main theater in May 2013. New Executive Director Scott Parker has since taken the reins and galloped to a string of successes, including sold-out shows by such musicians such as the Wood Brothers, Uncle Lucius, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen, Tony Furtado and Todd Park Mohr, of Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

The theater also has caught on with other touring musicians, community drama, documentary screenings and shows by musicians in residence. Parker estimates that more than 10,000 people came through the 135-seat theater’s doors last winter alone.

“One of my goals is to be there for every facet of the community, from the Arts Council’s annual Cabaret to other local productions and world-class music acts. Our films have also been hugely successful.”

A number of shows have been sold out, illustrating the pent-up need for such a performing arts venue all the more.

“It’s truly something that people needed here,” Friends of the Chief board President Alice Klauzer says. “The key to its success has been its great diversity of events.”

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