The Crystal Theatre is a single-screen,125-seat, independent movie theatre housed in the historic Dinkel building in downtown Carbondale, Colorado. The theatre is open year-round, showing a mix of art and commercial movies. In 37 years, since July 1985, we have presented over 1,700 movies to more than half a million moviegoers.
The theatre space was part of the W. M. Dinkel Mercantile Company store, built circa 1912. It was converted to a movie theatre, The Crystal Theatre, in 1949 by entrepreneurs who had other Colorado theatres in Grand Junction and Minturn. The auditorium had 210 seats; four of those original seats are now in our lobby. The 1949 admission price was adults 44¢, students 35¢ and children 20¢.