Denver Historic Landmark Theatres
Mayan Theatre, Esquire Theatre, Chez Artiste, Chez Theatre
Recommended by: Charlie Chaplin
I got to see a movie at the Esquire! This place is rockin’! It’s like jumping in a time machine and seeing a new movie in an old place. I never knew movie theaters could have so much history!
Landmark Theaters is known for award-winning historic theatres—several of which can be found in the Denver area. The Mayan Theatre, Esquire Theatre, and Chez Theatre are all located in Denver city limits. They make for the perfect afternoon or even excursion after lunch or dinner, especially if you check out the local dining found near each theatre.
The Mayan Theatre can be found in the heart of Central Denver. It was built in 1930 and currently houses 3 screens. The Landmark has operated the Mayan since 1986. In the 1980s the theatre was nearly torn down before being saved at the eleventh hour by the “Friends of the Mayan” group. It wasn’t until 1986 that the theatre was restored in its previous splendor. The renovation was a $2 million dollar undertaking. Two inviting upstairs theatres and one brilliant auditorium downstairs make up the 3 screens. An upstairs café adds a cozy feel to the Mayan.
The Esquire Theatre was built in 1927 and currently operates 2 screens. It’s nestled within the modern Capitol Hill area of Denver. Originally, the Esquire was a Hiawatha Theatre with a single screen and balcony seating. It later evolved to house two screens and today is known for showing the finest in foreign and independent films. The theatre appears to exist in a time bubble from the 1960s, but it houses Sony Dynamic Digital Sound and 70mm capability.
The Chez Artiste is found in the University Hill Plaza in the upscale southeastern section of Denver. It’s down the street from Denver University (DU). It has 3 screens and is well known for independent and foreign language cinema. A memorable way to spend the day in Denver is to check out the ice rink and observatories at DU before catching a movie at the Chez Artiste.
110 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
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|Jacob Tip: You don’t have to be able to speak another language to see a foreign film. A lot of them have captions so you can understand what’s going on. It’s a really cool movie experience!|
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