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The Dairy Center For The Arts

2590 Walnut and 26th Street


The Dairy Center for the Arts provides the Boulder community diverse opportunities to create, learn and participate in high quality performing and visual arts experiences.


CU graduate Griffin Hardy merged his Gilt Edge Creamery with Watts Blue Ribbon Dairy in 1927. By 1960 the Watts-Hardy Dairy was only one of two dairies remaining in Boulder and in 1971 opened a new milk processing facility at 26th & Walnut, which quickly became the popular destination in Boulder for great ice cream.

Twelve years later Watts-Hardy sold its facility to the Sinton Dairy which wanted to expand beyond its Colorado Springs roots. However, the dairy closed its doors after only four years of operation and in 1987 a group of artists in Boulder got permission from Sinton to start using the plant for local performances and events.

The concept of repurposing the historic dairy facility was born and in 2000 the City of Boulder bought the property and leases the space to The Dairy Center for the Arts for $1 per year. The performance theaters, art galleries, and events lobbies of today were constructed or improved in 1999, and in 2010 the Boedecker arts cinema was opened as the newest addition to The Dairy.

The Dairy is a unique venue for performances, special events, gallery exhibitions, films, and lectures, and houses Boulder's premier ballet and music schools. The Dairy produces a variety of presentations and productions such as the popular Comedy Night. It is also home to 11 arts organization offices.

Boulder attorney Bruce Dierking summed it up well, "The Dairy exists to connect people and enliven our spirit in a way like no other place in town."


maggie burrall

Saturday, April 28, 2018
It's been wonderful watching "the dairy" metamorphose into a striking-looking venue--and it even stayed open during massive renovation! All along, though, for quite a few years now, I've enjoyed going there to thought-provoking films and performances. More recently, I've been alternately moved and stunned and thoroughly entertained by the live productions of BETC (the excellent Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company). And notably, "Silent Sky," which my visiting 17 year old granddaughter last year selected completely by chance from the then current offerings of the Friday Magazine of the Daily Camera. We were both transported by the acting and production. The staff have been consistently welcoming and friendly, and I've always felt there that I was in a very special place within my own community, a true treasure--no exaggeration.

Jennifer Hays

Saturday, March 10, 2018
I've only been here once but its a great venue for the arts. I loved it!

Harmony Johnson

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Wonderful dance program offered here and the dance teachers are very friendly.

romulo ortiz

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Came yo see a friend perform Was 35 minutes late due to personal reasons Upon arrival was denied entry since they have a no late seating policy No where in the disclaimer did I find such policy Please make sure to fix that please If I knew that policy was in place I would not even attempt to make it in make it clear on your tickets of such things lol Also no refunds so yeah Will never come here again


Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The new performance space and reception hall are spacious and comfortable. The Boe frequently shows interesting films, occasionally with discussions with the filmmaker(s) following.

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