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Reader: So Many Great Memories of the Gothic!

The Gothic Theatre has been a landmark in Denver for nearly a century. It was built as a movie theater sometime in the 1920s and is still an Art Deco beauty.

Over the decades, it went from movie palace to neighborhood theater to porn house to empty shell. In 1998, Steve Schalk and his partner, Todd Kinion, bought the place for $175,000 and transformed it into a live-music venue. For the last decade, Anschutz Entertainment Group has been booking the Gothic, and last week, AEG Worldwide officially bought the spot for more than $2 million, guaranteeing that the music will continue long into the future.

In their comments on the Westword Facebook post of the Gothic deal, readers share memories of this longtime landmark. Says Steven:
I went there many times in the 1960s when it was just a neighborhood movie theater. Love that place.
Adds Sydnee:
This is the location my husband and I have on our marriage license. We fell in love here.
Notes Frank:
My high school prom was at the Gothic.
Comments Colin:
God, so many good memories, I was going there to 21-plus shows since I was eleven...I couldn’t even see above the bar yet!
Recalls Virginia:
I remember seeing Winnie the Pooh there when I was five. When I was seventeen, we watched Flesh Gordon and The Groove Tube (double feature) for 50 cents, smoking weed in the balcony. Later in life, I saw Super Diamond, OKGo and so many others. Long live the Gothic!
Remembers Dave:
Saw GWAR there in 92. The walls and floor were stained for months.
Says Daniel: 
Moved to Denver nine years ago, and this was the first music venue where I saw my first two concerts in Denver...Man Man and Les Claypools Duo De Twang 2013. Great spot; even got to see Rufus Du Sol play here.
Adds Malia: 
Went there as a teen and just recently took my teen there for a show. I walked in and was hit with nostalgia; it smells and looks the same as it did thirty years ago, and it made my heart melt that it hadn’t been modernized.
Recalls Nathan:
I brought in 2020 there…will always hold a place in my heart.
Concludes Ruby:
I have been going there since the early '60s — first for movies and then as a concertgoer. I hope they pour buckets of money into upgrades and keep the appearance as close to the original as possible. It's a great little venue.
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