Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Culture & Arts

Chief theatre going strong

Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 2.30.36 PMJust three 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. 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.

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