Chautauqua Auditorium

Venue Phone: (303) 442-3282
900 Baseline Rd
Boulder, CO 80302
A Boulder experience is not complete without enjoying a performance at the Chautauqua Auditorium. For over a century, the Auditorium has held a special place in the hearts of artists, speakers, and all who visit, and has brought the latest in arts, culture and education to the Boulder community.
Heated and cooled by Mother Nature, the Chautauqua Auditorium is open from May through September and is a preferred performance venue by artists because of its incredible acoustics and unique architecture. Distinguished speakers such as William Jennings Bryant, Al Gore and the Reverend Jesse Jackson and a diverse array of performers ranging from the Reverend Billy Sunday and music legends such as Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Lovett, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, BB King, Chris Isaak, The Indigo Girls, John Hiatt, Los Lobos, Ziggy Marley, and many more, have graced its stage over the last 118 years.
Sometimes fondly referred to as “the barn,” the Chautauqua Auditorium was erected in 45 days for $6,700 and opened on July 4, 1898, as the tabernacle for the new Colorado Chautauqua. Before the 1899 season, panels that slide upward on ropes and pulleys were installed on the middle sections of the building and hinged double doors were fitted on the east and west ends of the wings to control the dust and wind.
The interior of the structure has witnessed only minimal modifications and remains lofty and open, with only unfinished timber supports interrupting the space and single piece beams of Oregon fir spanning the 80 feet expanse above. Originally, the Auditorium was built to accommodate 6,000 patrons with banks of risers built on the stage. In 1905, the bleachers were removed and replaced with dressing rooms at stage left and right and seats have replaced the original bleachers (with the exception of some benches in the general admission section). Today, the Auditorium hosts just over 1,300 guests per show.
The Chautauqua Auditorium was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

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All events at this venue

Event Name Next Event Time
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Peace Of Mind
Adam Bradley
Andrea Gibson
Andrew Bird
Andy Mann: Summits to Seas
Beggars Of Life
Benedetto Lupo
Blind Pilot
Blue Canyon Boys
Boulder Concert Band On The Green
Boz Scaggs
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
California Typewriter
Charlie Chaplin
Christine Carbo: A Sharp Solitude
Classically Jazz
CMF: A Poetic Evening
CMF: All-American With Violinist Robert McDuffie
CMF: American Strings
CMF: Barber’s Violin Concerto
CMF: Beethoven's Ninth
CMF: Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony
CMF: Bernstein - Dvořák - Bartók
CMF: Chamber Music
CMF: Family Fun Concert – Meet The Brass
CMF: Four Seasons Of Buenos Aires
CMF: French Mini-Festival: Faure’s French Soiree
CMF: French Mini-Festival: Pianist Benedetto Lupo – Ravel & Debussy
CMF: Fresh Fridays – Scheherazade
CMF: Fresh Fridays – The Planets
CMF: Fresh Fridays – West Side Story
CMF: Made In America
CMF: Mozart & Mahler
CMF: Octets At Altitude
CMF: Pianist Orion Weiss & Mozart
CMF: Pianist Stewart Goodyear
CMF: Pianist Yefim Bronfman
CMF: Scheherazade
CMF: The Planets
CMF: Young People’s Concert
Cocktail Hour: The Show
Colin Hay
Colorado Music Festival: Fresh Fridays
Cynthia Swanson: The Glass Forest
Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds
Dawn And Hawkes
Don Alder
Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1920)
Drive-By Truckers
Edwina The Great And Her Flea Circus
Ellen Mahoney: Earthrise
Flight Of Fancy
Florence Williams: The Nature Fix
For The Love Of Spock
Frame by Frame
Ghost Town of the American West
Gil Shaham
Giora Bernstein
GOES-R: Transforming Earth Observation
Graham Nash
Grant Gordy
Griffin House
Harold Lloyd Comedy Night
Helen Thorpe: The Newcomers
Homes For The Holidays
How We Grow
Ignite Boulder 36
Indigo Girls
Invaders From Planet 9
Irish Tales Along The Trails
Jack DeJohnette
Jackie Venson
Jayme Stone's Folklife
Jim Nowak: 20 Years of Transforming Lives in Nepal
John Gierach: A Fly Rod Of Your Own
Jon Waterman: Chasing Denali
Jonathan P. Thompson: River of Lost Souls
Jorge Latre: Mental Game Wanted for the Iditarod
Karen Auvinen: Rough Beauty - Forty Seasons of Mountain Living
Kedrowski & Fielder: Ski CO Through a Lens
Kitty Banner: Wings of Her Dreams
Krystle Wright: Behind the Camera
Leo Kottke
Leonard David: MarsOur Future on the Red Planet
Look & See: A Portrait Of Wendell Berry
Lucinda Williams
Luke Kimmes: Rediscovering North America
Madaleine Sorkin: Perfecting The Push
Malcolm Daly: Triumph & Tragedy In Alaska
Mandolin Orange
Mara Abbott: Edge Of Potential
Marc Bekoff: Canine Confidential
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Meet The Strings
Monkey Business: The Adventures Of Curious George’s Creators
Natalie Kramer: Merging Science & Sport
Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados
Olga Kern
Pam Houston
Paul Mag
Paula Poundstone
Peter And Will Anderson
Peter Heller: Celine, A Novel
Peter Pan
Pioneering New Frontiers
Punch Brothers
Red Violin - New World - Bernstein
Rin Tin Tin
Romeo & Juliet
Scott Jurek: A Way Thru
Seu Jorge
Shawn Heinrichs: Saving The Sea Creatures
Sherlock Holmes
Sign Painters: The Unacknowledged Artists
Spite Marriage
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Stan Havlick: Biking Seven Continents
Steep Canyon Rangers
Symbols Of Resistance
Tad Pfeffer: Ice In The World
Taylor Scott Acoustic Trio
TESS: Searching For The Next Earth
The Aaron Walker Quartet: A Gypsy Holiday
The Commedia Of Robin Hood
The Epic Of Everest
The Freshman
The Gipsy Kings
The Great Alone
The Hound Of The Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
The Human Element
The Mark Of Zorro
The Oddest Sea: Greek Gods And Giggles
The Railsplitters
The River Arkansas
The Scarlet Letter
The Son Of The Sheik
The Steeldrivers
The Sweet Remains
The Three Musketeers
The Trappist System
The Weepies
Time For Three
Trevor Hall
Two To Tango
Ulyana Horodyskyj: Earth Analogs For Space
Vadim Gluzman
Wanda & The Wave
William Briggs: How America Got Its Guns
Your Life, Your Legacy
Zeitouni Conducts Mahler’s Ninth
Ziggy Marley
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