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."


Harmony Johnson

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

Wonderful dance program offered here and the dance teachers are very friendly.


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.

Mitch Ferrer

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I have been here a few times now and each time was a different theater and felt like a great venue for the show.

Oleg Umanskiy

Monday, April 4, 2016

This is a great resource for various arts and cultural programs. I'm most familiar with the Parlando School for the Arts (primarily a music school) that is located here, but whenever I'm at Dairy Center I get to see ballet and modern art students, community members gather for performances and shows. I love being around this kind of creative energy and very glad that Boulder supports this. The building is undergoing a lot of renovations (and as usual they are running longer then scheduled) - so something to be aware of, but I'm a fan of the changes they are making in the long term.

Tim R.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Dairy is awesome and the newly completed remodeling looks beautiful. Kudos to the architect! I have enjoyed the gallery and Boedecker movie theater but haven't caught a show in one of their new theatres yet. Can't wait!