Sheridan Opera House: New Movie Screen

Sheridan Opera House: New Movie Screen

Sheridan Arts Foundation, Telluride Film Festival and Mountainfilm Festival collaborate to purchase state-of-the-art screen 

The Sheridan Arts Foundation is proud to announce the purchase of a brand new, state-of-the-art movie screen. The screen was delivered to the Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, March 6, and will be installed and fully operational in the next few weeks.


The 20-foot automated and fully retractable screen comes with a price tag nearing $15,000 and was paid for by the Sheridan Arts Foundation with significant donations from the Telluride Film Festival and Mountainfilm Festival.

The Sheridan Opera House’s current movie screen is cumbersome and was built in 1979. It has been very difficult to store over the decades since the Sheridan Opera House has limited space in the wings and above the stage.

“This automated screen is a dream come true for our 100-year-old building,” said Ronnie Palamar, the SAF’s director of programming. “We are so excited to be able to screen a movie, just with the push of a button.”

The Sheridan Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that owns and operates the historic Sheridan Opera House, the birthplace of Telluride’s two iconic Telluride film festivals: the Telluride Film Festival and Mountainfilm Festival.

“Mountainfilm was essentially born at the Sheridan Opera House. And it remains the venue where we screen programming on opening night that most speaks to our core constituency of mountaineers, climbers and adventurers,” said Mountainfilm Executive Director Peter Kenworthy. “And, throughout the festival, every year, there just seems to be special magic at our Opera House shows.  It’s wonderful for us to be able to give back by partnering with the Opera House on a new screen, especially as it is will benefit the entire community.”

The idea of a new movie screen has been on the SAF’s wishlist for years, but it came to fruition after the Opera House celebrated its 100th anniversary last summer. TFF and the SAF collaborated on a Silent Movie night this summer to raise funds for continued renovations of the building. TFF’s Co-Director Julie Huntsinger was eager to help bring the SOH into the 21st century by donating to the screen purchase.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation screens movies periodically throughout the year, and also rents the Sheridan Opera House out to festivals and other entities. If you would like to rent the SOH for your own movie screening, please contact Palamar at 970-728-6363 ext. 1 or  mail to


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