The Crystal Theatre is a single-screen,125-seat, independent movie theatre housed in the historic Dinkel building in downtown
Carbondale, Colorado. Showing a mix of art and commercial movies, we are open year-round, 7 nights a week. In 27 years,
since July 1985, we have presented over 1,425 movies to more than half a million moviegoers
The theatre space was part of the W. M. Dinkel Mercantile Company store, built circa 1912. It was converted to a movie theatre,
The Crystal Theatre, in 1949 by entrepreneurs who had other Colorado theatres in Grand Junction and Minturn. The auditorium
had 210 seats; four of those original seats are now in our lobby. The 1949 admission price was adults 44¢, students 35¢ and
Television brought hard times to movie theatres and the original Crystal Theatre closed around 1962. In the 1960's, W. M. Dinkel’s grandson Wally DeBeque along with local parents, showed movies as fundraisers for the Recreation Department. In the 1970's
it was used for live theatre, the local Talent Show and a 16mm film series sponsored by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. The theatre space was condemned and closed in the early 1980’s.
In 1979, we had arrived in Carbondale with our 1-year-old son Bryan, and brought with us an interest in showing movies somewhere,
somehow. The idea to revive the theatre was hatched in the kitchen of longtime local, Brad Hendricks. While discussing possible
venues Brad said, “What about the Crystal?" And the rest is history.
With construction assistance from friends in various trades and fully supportive landlords (Wally & Betty DeBeque), we did an
extensive remodel from early 1984 - mid 1985. Our original idea of folding chairs, 16mm projection and black & white classics
quickly gave way to a complete re-model and 35mm projection of feature films. The Crystal Theatre re-opened on July 19,1985
and welcomed an enthusiastic sold-out crowd to the first feature, "The Breakfast Club".
In addition to showing movies, the Crystal Theatre has hosted private parties, benefits for various filmmakers and organizations
and been a downvalley venue for AspenFilmfest/Shortsfest since 1996.
Our committment has always been to provide quality entertainment at a reasonable price in a clean, comfortable, friendly and fun atmosphere. From the time of the remodel when passers-by would stop in and offer encouragement, to the present day, we have
been inspired by the generous support that the theatre has received. Today, thanks to all of you, we are still showing movies nightly.
By necessity, our 35mm projection will soon give way to digital cinema projection. For more, visit our Digital Cinema page.
Update: As of September 25, 2013 we are fully equipped with digital projection and sound!
See you at the movies!
Bob & Kathy Ezra
A special Thank You to a spectacular staff. We couldn’t do it without you.