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The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder

Categories: Civic Centers, Theaters, Concerts & Shows, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 40 reviews on the web
a non-profit cultural arts organization founded in 1992, and one of the only places in Boulder, Colorado to experience dramatic theater, comedy, live music, dance performances and visual arts under one roof.

Housed in the historic Watts-Hardy Dairy building, which once operated as a dairy storage and processing plant, The Dairy is home to more than a dozen premier resident arts organizations.

150,00 people visit The Dairy annually to participate in classes and workshops, and to enjoy award-winning theater, dance and musical performances, as well as outstanding visual arts exhibitions.

The Dairy proudly features three professional theater venues available for rental, three art gallery spaces, an impressive lobby for special events, a community box office, studios and classrooms.
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  • Aging jazz singer doing Paris related oldies. This was right out of the "way back" machine like almost 100 years for some songs. It was good and mellow. Almost torch singer rather than jazz to me. The...  read more »
  • I used to play piano here and had a very wonderful teacher at the Dairy Center for the arts. There is a lot to see here like ballet performances and classical music of all kinds it's a very beautiful ...  read more »
  • Visual arts, performing arts, cinema - it's all here! If you haven't been for a while, check out the updated facilities! 
  • This is a great resource for various arts and cultural programs. I'm most familiar with the Parlando School for the Arts (primarily a music school) that is located here, but whenever I'm at Dairy Center I get to see ballet and modern art students, community members gather for performances and shows. I love being around this kind of creative energy and very glad that Boulder supports this. The building is undergoing a lot of renovations (and as usual they are running longer then scheduled) - so something to be aware of, but I'm a fan of the changes they are making in the long term.
  • The Dairy is awesome and the newly completed remodeling looks beautiful. Kudos to the architect! I have enjoyed the gallery and Boedecker movie theater but haven't caught a show in one of their new theatres yet. Can't wait!
  • Nice theater with limited amounts of seating. Still, there is not a bad seat in the house. Very comfortable venue to see a show.
  • This refurbished milk production factory holds a gamut of non-profits including theater companies, The Boulder Ballet, The Parlando School for the Arts and my favorite, the Boulder Fringe Festival. Gallery showings are a big part of the Dairy Center. Check their listings for planned shows. Nestled inside, the Bodecker Theater is one of Boulder's hidden gems. Popular and independent movies, a big screen, a wine bar and cheap tickets make The Bo a great date place.
  • The Dairy represents a great place for Artists in and around Boulder to be exposed to forms of art that are alternative as well as traditional. There is a strong and deliberate sense of style to the layout utilizing all that this unique venue has to offer. As an Artist myself it has been a real accomplishment to have a piece of mine hang in this space with so many other artists. I would recommend that anyone interested in art as an admirer or collector check out what they have to offer. Also you could select this venue for an independent film being shown instead of the latest Hollywood money grab. The staff are very knowledgeable and take a solid interest in the artists that are on display and do their best to promote their works. The classes that are offered are world class and highly sought after if you have the time or interest to learn to create this could be the place where you learn to take it to the next level.
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