Venues / Venue Policies

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The Colorado Chautauqua Association produces events that span most musical genres and topics. We also have clients who host corporate and private events. Therefore, regulations may vary from event to event to ensure the safety of our patrons, staff, licenses and historic buildings. If you have questions regarding a specific event, please contact us at 303.442.3282 during business hours or

Everyone Must Have a Ticket

Please be advised that all patrons, including children, need a ticket for event entry.

Children are welcome in our venues, but bringing infants or toddlers to a performance is highly discouraged, as they can become a distraction to performers and other audience members. Occasionally, individual productions may have recommended age limits. It is always up to the parent/guardian to make the determination if an event is age appropriate for his/her child.

Box Office Info & Terms of Sale

Please click here to view complete box office info, policies and terms of sale.

Cameras & Recording Devices

Use of audio or video recording devices, professional cameras or cameras with removable lenses are not permitted during performances in the Auditorium or Community House.

No Smoking/100% Smoke-Free Campus

Colorado Chautauqua Association is committed to providing its guests and associates with a healthy, smoke free environment. Per City of Boulder ordinance, smoking of any substance is prohibited in all city parks and open space. The use of any smoking or vaping devices, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited. This ban includes the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark and all of its grounds, cottages, lodges & venues. Thank you for your cooperation.

No Food or Beverages Permitted Inside the Auditorium

Since the Auditorium is situated at a major intersection with wildlife and its walls are porous to the outdoors, we take all steps necessary to keep wildlife, our patrons and our venue healthy.

Spilled food and beverages are attractants to animals and are therefore not permitted in the Auditorium. The 118 year old Auditorium is not equipped with plumbing or drains, making it extremely difficult to clean up and eliminate food odors and animal trace. Water in plastic bottles is permitted. Thank you for your cooperation!


For your safety and the safety of others, guests and their possessions are subject to inspection as condition of admittance. Please have your bags open and available for inspection.

Management reserves the right to handle each occurrence on a case by case basis. Depending on the item, the guest may either be asked to remove the item from the facility or dispose of the item, or may be ejected from the facility.

Any guest refusing a search of any kind (either personal or bag) shall be refused entry to the facility and may not be eligible for a refund on their ticket purchase.

Permitted Items

  • Plastic transparent water bottles
  • Aluminum water bottles, unless prohibited by the show
  • Phones and cameras without removable lenses, unless prohibited by the show
  • Seat cushions and soft-sided seat backs (12’’ x 16’’ or smaller)
  • Cloth bags, purses, and small soft backpacks (12’’ x 16’’ x 12’’ or smaller), must be able to fit under your ticketed seating area
  • Blankets, must not extend beyond your ticketed seating area
  • Binoculars
  • Medically necessary items after proper inspection at entrance
  • Baby formula
  • Other items as determined by facility management

Prohibited Items

Please leave the following items behind as they are not permitted into Chautauqua Auditorium or the Chautauqua Community House:

  • Absolutely no food or beverages (except water)
  • Glass bottles/objects or beverage cans
  • Animals (except service dogs)
  • Illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, marijuana or cannabis products
  • Weapons or items construed as weapons (i.e. knives, Leatherman’s or multiuse pocket tools, pepper spray, stun-guns, firearms, etc.)
  • Coolers (both soft and hard sided), picnic baskets
  • Bags, framed packs, or items larger than 12” x 16” x 12” (all personal possessions must fit under the patron’s designated seat)
  • Metal framed seat cushions and chairs
  • Strollers
  • Laser pointers / pens, glow sticks
  • Air horns, bullhorns, whistles, noisemakers, etc.
  • Confetti, glitter and helium balloons
  • Signs or banners
  • Sparklers, fireworks, smoke bombs, lighters, etc.
  • Bikes, skateboards, roller skates, inline skates, use of roller shoes, etc.
  • Hula hoops
  • Selfie sticks
  • Umbrellas
  • Audio or video recording devices, GoPros, professional cameras or cameras with removable lenses
  • Laptops and iPads
  • Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc.
  • Remote controlled flying devices or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)
  • Any smoking or vaping devices, tobacco products or electronic cigarettes
  • Other items as determined by facility management


Guests are welcome to dance in the rear of the Auditorium and, if their neighbors are agreeable, at their seats.

Per Boulder fire code, stage egress and aisles must remain clear at all times and guests will be asked to move if they are in the aisles. Dancing locations may vary from event to event and are subject to change.


Guests are expected to be appropriately clothed at all times, as determined by facility management.


Guests are expected to wear shoes/footwear at all times. Guests not wearing appropriate footwear may be asked to put on appropriate footwear or may be ejected at management discretion.

Use of shoes with wheels, or “roller shoes,” within or around the facility is strictly prohibited. Roller shoes pose extreme safety dangers to those wearing them and others. Individuals using roller shoes may be warned or ejected from the facility.


  • No person shall solicit or distribute fliers or other materials within 125 feet of the Chautauqua Auditorium and within 25 feet of the Chautauqua Community House.
  • No person shall locate themselves so as to interrupt business or impede the regular flow of pedestrian traffic into and out of buildings nor up and down stairways.
  • No person shall disrupt traffic, either vehicular or pedestrian, or jeopardize the safety of another.
  • No person shall verbally harass visitors.
  • Persons on request may be required to identify themselves, and are required to be responsible for littering that they create.

When the manner or place of solicitation or distribution materials constitutes a violation of these rules or a disruption of normal Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) activities, a CCA official will request the person(s) to discontinue such activity or alter procedures by time, place, or manner so as to comply with these rules. If the person(s) refuse to comply with these rules, the CCA official shall advise them to leave, otherwise the authorities will be notified and they may face other appropriate action.

ADA Accessibility

Designated accessible parking for persons with disabilities is available throughout the park. Please refer to a Colorado Chautauqua map for designated parking spots. All parking is “first come, first served.”

Service animals are permitted and admitted into all venues. Each service animal must remain with its owner and be restrained. If any service animal interferes with other guests, corrective action may include rearranging seating or removal of the service animal from the venue.

Both the Chautauqua Auditorium and Chautauqua Community House have accessible entrances and seating. ADA venue access to the upper level of the Community House is available at the South/Morning Glory entrance of the Community House, via a lift. Venue access to the lower level Rocky Mountain Climbers Club and Meadows Room is street level on the north side of the building.

ADA restroom facilities are available on both levels of the Community House. New ADA restrooms for the Auditorium are located outside the venue on the west side of the Auditorium, just north of the south entrance.

The Chautauqua Community House is equipped with an audio induction loop assistive listening system that is compatible with hearings aids with t-coils. Complimentary loaner headphones are available upon request on event nights.

For accessibility questions or accommodations during a performance, please contact General Manager of Public Events, Mark Nicolella at 303.952.1632 or by email at

Lost & Found

Items lost in or near the Auditorium during the summer months are stored at the Box Office on the west side of the Auditorium. Box Office Hours in the summer are Monday through Friday Noon to 5:00pm and additionally Noon to intermission on event nights. To contact the Box Office please call 303-440-7666 or email