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Chaka Theater

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1919, A. E. Lanning, builder. 215 Cedar St.
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Although altered many times, the Chaka Theater retains much of its original terracotta facade with porthole windows, a curvilinear parapet roofline, and an arched entry. The Art Deco trim is highlighted with floral-based electric lights. The original domed, pressed metal ceiling has been covered with Celotex to aid acoustics. Another acoustical addition has been a “cry room” for babies in one of Colorado's last smalltown, family-owned movie theaters.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Chaka Theater", [Julesburg, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 261-261.

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