Built in 1933 by Fox Theatres, the Historic Boulder Theatre was the heartbeat of Boulder City for nearly 60 years. Because it was the only air-conditioned building in town, workers from Hoover Dam would pay $.25 for a movie ticket just so they could sleep for a few hours in the cool theatre to escape the scorching heat in Black Canyon.
As the years passed, hundreds of movies were shown on the screen, Will Rogers performed on a small stage in front of the screen, bands played, speeches were given and many couples shared their first kiss during a movie. Thousands enjoyed the theatre and many hearts were broken when the THEATRE FOR SALE notice went up on the marquee in front of the Theatre.
The closure occurred in the mid-‘90s because the old theatre could no longer compete with the high-tech, 12-theatre cineplexes opening in nearby Las Vegas. Around this time, Desi and I were looking for a permanent home for our non-profit Boulder City Ballet Company (BCBC) and after driving past the closed theatre for over a year, he decided to buy the old movie theatre and renovate it into a state-of-the-art live theatre.
Our dancer's fathers (we call them the Painting Daddies) volunteered their time to paint the whole Theatre pink. The City of Boulder City gave us a Redevelopment Grant to help us bring the Theatre up to code with fire sprinklers and a fire alarm system. Then Desi put in all new plumbing, electrical, sound, lights, windows, flooring and air conditioning before re-opening.
Although we get many requests to rent the Historic Boulder Theatre, we usually don't rent it out because our ballerinas have classes and rehearsals on the stage. We hung mirrors for BCBC on the back wall so it looks like a dance studio inside. Over the years we have presented many events besides our ballet productions and you can see some of those Past Events.