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Dairy Arts Center, Boulder

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What once was the Watts-Hardy Dairy is now the Dairy Arts Center, one of Colorado’s premier arts centers, offering three performance theaters, three art gallery spaces, an arts cinema, and studios for nearly 2000 music and dance students.



Nearly 250,000 arts experiences this year will be hosted at the Dairy including theater performances, live music concerts, dance and aerial dance performances, visual art exhibitions, arts movies, art workshops, and music and dance instruction.



The Dairy has recently undergone an extensive renovation and now features a spectacular lobby, a café, an outdoor terrace, and state-of-the-art theaters. The Dairy Arts Center is the heart and soul of arts and culture in Boulder.
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  • The Dairy is not just an attractive venue, it has a costant stream of worthy plays and movies. The movies don't have long runs, so catch them while you can.  more »
  • Intimate move theatre in the center of Boulder, part of the wonderful Dairy Art Center. Plenty of one-site and street parking. This theatre has a terrific lineup of documentaries and music-specific fi...  more »
  • Huge parking lot (rare in Boulder now) that's free, great location, really beautiful interior, and access. Interesting films and shows, great community vibe.  more »
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  • Wonderful dance program offered here and the dance teachers are very friendly.
  • The new performance space and reception hall are spacious and comfortable. The Boe frequently shows interesting films, occasionally with discussions with the filmmaker(s) following.
  • I have been here a few times now and each time was a different theater and felt like a great venue for the show.
  • 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!

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