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Theatre History


Originally the Weinland Automobile Garage, this historic theatre first opened in 1962 as the Diamond Circle Theatre. The Durango Melodrama & Vaudeville began under the direction of Orvis Grout and the Diamond Circle Theatre Company (Rod Barker’s Grandmother—Marion Jarvis, Father—Earl Barker, Mother—Jentra Barker, and business pioneers Mahlon T. White, Robert Beers, and Mort McGinley.) In 2008 the historic Strater Hotel acquired the Durango Melodrama & Vaudeville and renamed the theatre to Henry Strater Theatre.

While the Durango Melodrama has ran uninterrupted for many years, the summer 2017 season will be something new and fun. Our 2017 Summer Season will run from June into September and feature Cowboy Poetry performances and a second show with a Celtic flair. Please check back soon for more information soon!

The Theatre received an extensive facelift including improved stage lighting and sound equipment, making it the perfect setting for comedy shows, concerts, and other performances. This historic venue is open year-round presenting a variety of entertainment, and is a great venue for weddings, parties, and meetings. Please visit our Show page for information about upcoming performances, and please check back often for we are continuously adding new and unique shows!



Upcoming Shows

Tinsley Ellis
May 24, 2017
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Sweetwater String Band
June 1, 2017
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Durango Native Stories
June 8, 2017
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