|Address||935 E. Colfax Ave.
|Current use||music venue|
|Architect||Harry W.J. Edbrooke|
|Architectural style||Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Mediterranean Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||95001055|
|Added to NRHP||August 31, 1995|
The Ogden Theatre is a music venue and former movie theater in Denver, Colorado, United States. Located at 935 E. Colfax Avenue in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill, it was built in 1917 and has a maximum capacity of 1600 for concerts. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The Ogden Theatre was opened in 1919 by John Thompson, who also ran the Thompson (later Bluebird) Theater. The Ogden Theatre originally hosted live performances such as weekly organ recitals, dances, lectures and vaudeville acts - most notably, the legendary Harry Houdini. By 1937 it had been converted to a movie theater that featured everything from the classics to the avant garde. In the '80's it also featured the cult movie classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The inside and outside of the Ogden Theatre have been renovated many times throughout the years, as well as a host of different marquee signs have been used. The current sign on the front of the theater has been in place since 1993.
In the late 1980s, ownership of the theater changed hands numerous times until the theater was closed in 1990. The theatre was marked for demolition until Doug Kauffman of the independent live music promoter Nobody In Particular Presents purchased the building in 1992. Kauffman's vision was to turn the Ogden Theater into a premiere music venue.
The Ogden Theatre was re-opened in 1993 featuring a wide variety of live performances. The theatre found its niche and has become a premier concert venue in Denver featuring approximately 150 concerts per year. In 2006, NIPP leased the venue to AEG Live.
- In the 2002 movie About Schmidt, Jack Nicholson drives by the theater in his motorhome when he pulls into Denver.
Hip hop artist Atmosphere mentions the Ogden Theater in their song "National Disgrace" - Last thing I remember was the Ogden Theatre in the backstage bathroom, making out with all three of ya...
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Glasgow, Greg (2007-02-15). "Musical chairs: Will a behind-the-scenes shake-up bring big changes to Denver's concert scene?". Daily Camera. Retrieved 2014-03-16.