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Silent Film Series announced

Step back in time and enjoy an only-at-Chautauqua experience from a bygone era. Silver screen stars including Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Douglas Fairbanks and classic and beloved stories will delight film buffs and moviegoers of all ages. Each film is accompanied by live music provided by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, pianist Hank Troy or the Silent Cinema Trio.

  • June 28 – The Three Musketeers (1921) starring Douglas Fairbanks with The Silent Cinema Trio
  • July 5 – Charlie Chaplin Comedy Night (1918-22) with Hank Troy, piano
  • July 12 – Peter Pan (1924) with The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
  • July 19 – Harold Lloyd Comedy Night (1921-22) with Hank Troy, piano
  • July 26 – The Scarlet Letter (1926) starring Lillian Gish with Hank Troy, piano
  • Aug 2 – Spite Marriage (1929) starring Buster Keaton with The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
  • Aug 9 – Sherlock Holmes (1916) starring William Gillette with Hank Troy, piano
  • Aug 17 – College (1927) starring Buster Keaton with Hank Troy, piano

All films – 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


Rocky Mountain Joe: Untangling Tall Tales – May 3

Chautauqua’s first official photographer, “Rocky Mountain” Joe Sturtevant, told many a tall tale, but his own real life may be the most remarkable. Join historian Mona Lambrecht this evening and learn the real story of the man who first captured Chautauqua on film. Wednesday, May 3. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

Your Life, Your Legacy – May 8

Most people make financial plans for the future—planning college funds, vacation, retirement, healthcare—but very few like to think about death, let alone plan for it. Discussing one’s mortality is an extremely uncomfortable topic, but one that should be discussed and planned for well in advance. By pre-planning your funeral and final legacy wishes, you enable your family to make important financial decisions and fulfill your final requests because you made them known. Join Matt Fox, general manager of Crist Mortuary & Mountain View Memorial Park for an afternoon conversation on the value of pre-arranging your final wishes as a gift to surviving family members. Monday, May 8. 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House, Meadows Room. Coffee and cookies will be served.
Please RSVP here.


Rocky Mountain Joe

In Chautauqua’s early years, many visitors wandered over to the Woodbine photography studio and sat for their portrait. “Have your face tuck, 15 for 15 cts” read the sign on the building. Joseph Bevier Sturtevant was Chautauqua’s first official resident photographer. His alter ego, “Rocky Mountain” Joe, was a mountain man who supposedly had wild adventures as an Indian scout and Civil War soldier. Joe entertained the children at Chautauqua with tall tales around campfires, although what Joe said couldn’t possibly have been true. But his skill in photography was real and thanks to “Rocky Mountain” Joe, we have a documentation of the people and events of the first decade of the Colorado Chautauqua.

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“Rocky Mountain” Joe in front of his photo gallery, present site of the Chautauqua Community House. Courtesy: Colorado Chautauqua Association archives


Now hiring

We are looking for passionate and dedicated people to join our team and fill the following full time and seasonal positions:

  • Groundskeeper
  • Housekeeping Assistant

View the complete job postings here.


Summer bookings available

Hosting a summer reunion or get-together this summer? Consider the historic Chautauqua Community House for your special event! Originally built in 1918, the Community House has three spaces available for meetings, retreats, weddings, private parties, or other gatherings of up to 80 guests. For more information about the Community House, click here.

For pricing and reservations, please contact or 303.952.1618.


Open for summer!

The Chautauqua General Store, located just west of the Dining Hall is open and serving up a selection of homemade ice cream, coffee drinks and grab and go snacks. Open daily at 8AM. For more information, click here.

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