‘Mesa Theater”’ is a music venue and former movie theater in Grand Junction, Colorado. Located at 538 Main Street in the historic downtown district, it was built circa 1894 and has a maximum capacity of 850 for concerts.
The Building Originally housed the Mesa Opera Rink, which opened in 1885. It offered a 300-seat playhouse for Live Theater, musical and vaudeville acts. Ballroom Dancing was on the large wooden “rink” floor. in 1907, the front of the building was remodeled, the how house was enlarged to 1,000, and it reopened as the ”’Majestic Theater”’. Some of the first silent films, and the first movies with sound in Western Colorado were shown at the Majestic Theater.
It was renamed the Mesa Theater in 1930, and in 1953 a complete mid-century remodel brought it up to date with a panoramic screen, stereo sound, and plush Seats. It Remained open until 1987.
Later re-opened in 1998 under the moniker of ”’Mesa Theater and Club”’ under the ownership of David Prather, Prather maintained and improved the theater until it was purchased by Andy and Amanda Pittman under the new name of ”’The Mesa Theater and Lounge”’ after a 2 year stint as owners
the Pittman’s leased the property to another party and ran into continuous problems eventually tarnishing the reputation of the theater. It was later seized by the state for a laundry list of issues in March of 2015.
The theater remained closed until September of 2015, When Brett Strong purchased the building returning the name of the establishment to simply ”’Mesa Theater”’ after extensive overhaul of the entire property including a state of the art Meyers sound rig, electrical, plumbing and some aesthetic touch ups. The Theater had its official Grand Opening January 8th, 2016 with one of Colorado’s most successful bands ”’Big Head Todd and The Monsters”’. Strong along with Manager and Talent Buyer Rick Christensen have transformed the once defamed location and name in to a staple of the musical community, gaining national recognition.