Mayan Theatre – Denver, Colorado - Atlas Obscura

Mayan Theatre

One of three remaining theatres in the United States created in the Art Deco Mayan Revival style. 


Located on the bustling Broadway Street, The Mayan Theater hosts independent and new films in the two-story space. The theatre is identifiable by its giant neon sign and Art-Deco design.

The space was built in 1930 and was used for “grocery nights” during the Great Depression. After several financial failures, the theatre closed in 1984 and was set for demolition. However, a grassroots organization, Friends of the Mayan, banded together to fight the demolition project.

It was subsequently designated a historical landmark. After a two-million-dollar renovation, the iconic marquee was re-made based on historic photos, and the theatre was restored to its former glory. In 1986, the theatre was re-opened to the public.

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