Lincoln Center & Openstage Theater
417 W. Magnolia
Fort Collins, CO 80521
The Lincoln Center is one of the largest and most diverse performance arts centers in Colorado. Featuring the 1,180-seat performance hall and the 220-seat Openstage Theater, you’ll also find three art galleries, and an outdoor performance garden at the complex. While the performance hall features national and international stars, the more intimate Openstage Theater connects the audience to the material being presented.
Longmont Performing Arts Center
513 Main Street
Longmont, CO 80502
The building at 513 Main Street formerly housed the Fox Theater, built in 1939, and in 1960 it became the Trojan Theater. The art deco building was then lovingly converted to a live theater venue, and the Longmont Performing Arts Center was opened in 1991. It is home to the outstanding Longmont Theater Company who performs seven or more shows every year. Longmont’s charming downtown is the location of this equally delightful theater.
228 E. 4th Street
Loveland, CO 80538
Rialto Theater, located in downtown of Loveland, was built as a movie theater in 1920. In 1977 it was converted to a mini-mall and stayed in that condition until the mid-80s when an economic development study concluded that downtown Loveland would benefit from having a theater. After nine years of fundraising and renovations the Rialto reopened in 1996. Today it is primarily a live performance theater hosting all of the community performing arts groups in the area. From opera to ballet, there’s always something happening on stage at the historic Rialto.
Union Colony Civic Center
701 10th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Union Colony Civic Center provides the area with top-notch entertainment. Inside you’ll find the 1665-seat Monfort Concert Hall, home of the Greeley Philharmonic, the 222-seat Hansel Phelps Theater as well as the Tointon Gallery for the Visual Arts. Over it’s 22-year history the UCCC has entertained thousands of people and hosted thousands of entertainers. It serves as the heartbeat of Greeley’s revitalized downtown community.
Editor’s note: This list used to feature the Nonesuch Theater at 216 Pine Street in Fort Collins. The theater shut down in the spring on 2011.
– Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the Mayor of HeidiTown.com and a freelance writer from Northern Colorado. Follow her on Twitter at @HeidiTown.