Concerts

Sixteen of Denver's Biggest Venues Ranked by Size

A sketch of the Mission Ballroom, AEG's newest venue, slated to open in summer 2019.
Courtesy of AEG
A sketch of the Mission Ballroom, AEG's newest venue, slated to open in summer 2019.

Last week, AEG announced a new music venue, the Mission Ballroom, slated to open in summer of 2019. The entertainment giant promises state-of-the-art sound, room for 2,200 to 3,950 fans, and the best concert-going experience in Denver. Scratch that: in the world. It's a tall order, particularly in a city with so many excellent medium- and large-sized venues. Here are sixteen of the city's spots that can hold 1,000 people or more.

click to enlarge Boulder Theater - COURTESY OF BOULDER THEATER
Boulder Theater
Courtesy of Boulder Theater
Boulder Theater
Capacity: 1,000

The art deco theater, which was built in 1906, can accommodate up to 1,000 people standing or 850 seated. The historic theater's schedule is so well-rounded, there really is something for everyone. An eclectic mix of funk, jazz, folk, hip-hop and rock performances and dynamic high-concept shows from local and national artists help fill Boulder's nights.

Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
Capacity: 1,000

Since opening fifteen years ago, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom has been a hub for music in Five Points, bringing in electronica, hip-hop, jam bands, DJs, bluegrass acts and the unholy alliance of all that mashed up together, with other types of artists peppering the calendar.

click to enlarge Cradle of Filth performed at Summit Music Hall on April 16. - BRANDON THRIFT
Cradle of Filth performed at Summit Music Hall on April 16.
Brandon Thrift
Summit Music Hall
Capacity: 1,100

After running the Summit Music Hall for nearly a decade, the folks at independent promoter Soda Jerk Presents handed over booking and operations of this venue (as well as the 450-capacity Marquis Theater) to Live Nation earlier this year. While Summit has long brought in punk, rock and metal acts, these days it's also hosting more hip-hop and electronic artists as well as the occasional comedian.


click to enlarge Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics perform at the Gothic Theatre. - BRANDON MARSHALL
Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics perform at the Gothic Theatre.
Brandon Marshall
Gothic Theatre
Capacity: 1,100

After a long run as a movie house, the Gothic Theatre opened as a music venue in the late ’90s and has hosted a mix of national and local bands ever since. In early 2013, AEG Presents took over both the booking and the operation of the venue.

click to enlarge Ty Segall performed at the Ogden Theatre on April 5. - BRANDON THRIFT
Ty Segall performed at the Ogden Theatre on April 5.
Brandon Thrift
Ogden Theatre
Capacity: 1,600

Also once a movie house, the century-old Ogden Theatre has hosted live music since Doug Kauffman of Nobody in Particular Presents turned it into a venue in the early ’90s. In recent years, the place, which is now operated by AEG Presents, has received a major upgrade, including new flooring, a new sound system and a wraparound balcony, making it one of Denver's hottest venues for national acts.