Isis Theatre Capital Campaign

Better Together

Aspen Film and the Isis Theatre are a perfect pair to unite community, create connection and foster creativity.



After 43 years of bringing cinema, dialogue and community engagement to the Roaring Fork Valley through Aspen Filmfest, Academy Screenings, Aspen Shortsfest, Indie Showcases, FilmEducates and partnerships with other organizations, Aspen Film is poised to solidify its place as one of the valley’s leading cultural institutions with this acquisition of a permanent home for our programming. 

With your crucial support, Aspen Film will not only finalize ownership of the Isis Theatre, but will also convert the existing commercial movie theater, to a theater plus arts center. 


Our plans to update the Isis Theatre into a more dynamic film exhibition + community gathering space include:

  • The addition of an ADA-compliant street-level restroom.
  • A small stage in the main theater to host post screening Q&As, live presentations and performances, and interactive opportunities such as live-streaming and simulcasts.
  • A reconfigured version of the street-level lobby to include a grab-and-go café, with indoor seating, featuring artisanal coffee, pastries, lunch, and snacks along with traditional and upscale concessions.
  • A dedicated screen for the ongoing presentations of independent films and documentaries.
  • A creative lab with editing bays for young filmmakers and local professionals to work on film projects.
  • A lower lobby conversion to include an improved concession stand and functional event space.
  • An improved and upgraded interior that maintains the Isis Theatre’s historic character.

With our vision and your support, we can make incredible things happen

A history of Isis ownership

After changing hands multiple times since the late 1990s, the Isis Theatre was again on the market in 2007. The City of Aspen partnered with Aspen Film and the Isis Property Group, LLC to create a private-public ownership structure to save the theatre from being purchased by a developer, which would leave Aspen without a movie theatre. Aspen Film became the sublessee to the City, and thus to the theatre. Monthly lease payments went to the City toward debt repayment. Metropolitan Theatres continued to operate the multiplex, as it had since the year before the partnership, becoming the tenant of Aspen Film.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the theatre was closed for 12 of 18 months causing financial hardships for all parties. Now in 2022, Aspen Film has the ability and opportunity to exercise an option to acquire this iconic property. Aspen film has engaged Bow Tie Management, a professional commercial movie theater operations company to handle theater operations, effective immediately, and is now involved in the programming of this beloved institution.

Going beyond movies

Aspen Film’s newly imagined theater will not only provide a permanent home for film in Aspen, but will have a strong positive impact on our world-class mountain town by:

Fostering Community Involvement

Providing Places to Gather

Offering New Educational Opportunities

Promoting Collaboration and Partnership

Ensuring the future of a Multiplex Movie Theatre in Aspen

Further details about our Capital Campaign launch and details on how you can help support Aspen Film’s efforts, will be coming soon. Please stay tuned and subscribe to our email list for updates.

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