How the Henry Strater Theatre Came to Life

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.

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 events page for information about upcoming performances, and please check back often for we are continuously adding new and unique shows!

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