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David D wrote a review Mar 2020
Doylestown, Pennsylvania2,429 contributions65 helpful votes
I've done my ski week in Steamboat three years in a row and each time, found some evening entertainment here. Once the local high school kids were putting on an outdoor short film program, and twice the local players were doing improv comedy. There is also theater and comedy acts. Check the calendar on the website linked here or the events page in the local paper. There is a bar so you can enjoy your favorite beverage during the show I was glad to support local community theater and you can really feel the small town vibe... audience members knew each other.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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DarrylP081 wrote a review Oct 2018
29 contributions7 helpful votes
Great little Theater. Sits around 120 people so no bad seats! We visited Saturday night Oct. 27th and the performance was Atsenic & Old Lace. Overall the performance was delightful and certainly worth the $20 per person. Seating is on a 1st come basis. We would recommend that if a play is running to make the Chief Theater one of your places to visit.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Heidi H wrote a review Jan 2018
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We loved the Chief Theater as a venue for the Music Fest. However, drinks were way overpriced. You were lucky to get two drinks for $20. The theater is very small; it seats about 150, so nearly all seats have a good view. The middle section's back 2 rows can pose a few issues seeing the entire stage because the sound booth is between some of the seats; however, overall all but 4-8 seats in the theater will ensure you a great experience. Also, use the restroom before you arrive. Only 2 stalls!
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Date of experience: January 2018
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Ken S wrote a review Nov 2017
16 contributions7 helpful votes
Website said the adult lip sync/air guitar was from 8pm to 10pm. Arrived just before 8, bought 2 tickets, 2 beers, took our seats, watched the last minute or so of an act. The act finished, lights came on, and" that's it, folks, hope you enjoyed the show!" Well, that was a quick 52 bucks(40 admission 12 for beers) Looked today on the website and the flyer did say the adult acts started at 7:30, but still 8pm under events, so we did miss that. It would have been helpful if the person selling admission would have said "it's almost over" Instead of "the adult part just started" In honesty, it was a charity event, so I hope our contribution was appreciated
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Date of experience: November 2017
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ovolacto wrote a review Sep 2017
Colorado442 contributions228 helpful votes
I cannot speak for other people, their experience with live theatre, or the shows they saw. I can only tell you about my experience. Mine was not a good experience, the "double header" show I saw was not very good at all. I did like the price. It was only $16 for two shows, each lasting about an hour, and totally unrelated. The "double header" I saw was, "Accused of Comedy," and "The Professional." The first play, "Accused of Comedy" was ripe with weak, "suggestive" puns reminiscent of vaudeville, or melodrama. The level of acting was probably appropriate for those types of stage performance, too. I guess it was supposed to be a comedy, but I didn't find much of it to be very funny at all, and not very entertaining, either. Nonetheless, it was a good, different diversion - something else to do in Steamboat at night. The second play, "The Professional," was supposed to be an attempt at more serious acting. There were some moments of comedic diversion, but, for the most part, this was supposed to be a serious play about a characters past coming back to haunt him, and ending in suicide. The acting was weak, the plot was not developed well, and there were too many loose ends left dangling. For example, we were led to believe a birthday party for the main character was going on nearby in a passive/aggressive sort of way, but that part was never concluded. It was also never very clear if the "visitor" was somehow related to the birthday party, or if he was acting separately with the same purpose, and for the same reasons. It was just not a very good attempt at serious drama by actors more accustomed to farce, melodrama, and slapstick. I was attracted to this theatre because of its history, and small size. I like to support the arts whenever I can, but I am finding more and more that these small, mountain towns in cities with big names just cannot consistently provide a good, quality product. There seems to be a "Mountain Attitude" that is slower, more laid back, and a lot more relaxed than most people used to deadlines, schedules and time frames are used to. For example, this play was scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. They did not even start letting people into the theatre until 6:30, and, even then, we were led to believe they were "doing us a favor" by letting us in early. The tickets we bought were General Admission, and I always took that to mean "Get there early for the best seats." The bar was open, and we could enjoy snacks and beverages, but they would not even let us into the theatre until just before 7:00 p.m. when the show was scheduled to begin. I was irked by that, too, because management knew we were the first to arrive, and the first in line, but we were not let into the theatre first. As it worked out, we got the seats we wanted, so I let that pass. I did not, however, appreciate the late start of the show. Most shows start five minutes after their scheduled starting times. I don't like that, either, but I'm used to it. This show started 17 minutes late, and I did not appreciate that at all. How can people make plans, and stay on schedule if they don't know when things will begin, and end? Can we make dinner plans ahead of time believing the show will start on time, or late? Can we make "apre theatre" plans if we don't know when our show will end? Again, it's just that "Mountain Attitude," and I guess they just assume everyone else tunes into "Mountain Time" at the city limits. We discovered the same thing when we tried to ride the Gondola up the mountain for the "Sunset Happy Hour" that was supposed to run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. We were in line at 4:40 p.m., but they weren't even selling tickets at that time, and they weren't sending anyone up the hill. We waited until about 4:50 before deciding that waiting in the cold and rain to buy a ticket just wasn't worth it. There were no advance ticket sales for this event. With the Chief Theatre, at least one could buy tickets ahead of time at a shop down the street. Now, don't get me wrong. I am not trying to bash anyone, or anything. I just want people to know exactly what to expect when visiting mountain towns in Colorado. Don't expect things to be on time, don't expect people to be in too much of a hurry, and don't expect complete accuracy, competence, or consistency in anything. In other words, don't be fooled by the "hype" and the big name promises of any mountain town. Just relax, and take things as they come. You'll do much better, you'll stay more relaxed, and you won't be disappointed. Mountain towns are just a little bit different in everything they do and provide.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Response from ChiehTheaterSB, Board Member at The Chief Theater
Responded Oct 4, 2017
Greetings, We truly thank you for your thorough review of your experience with us at The Chief Theater. It is wonderful to receive feedback from an individual who is a supporter of the arts and a history buff and appreciate it. The scheduled start time promoted on all marketing information was 7:09 pm. We apologize for the delayed start on the night you visited but there was technical issues. In hindsight that should have been communicated to the waiting audience. The "Chief Players" productions are done by a dedicated group of talented local volunteers. From the actors on stage to the individuals that build the sets these people are working from their heart and love to entertain. We look forward for you to kick back, relax and join in on the relaxed mountain lifestyle again in the future.
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