The Sherbino building was built and opened by Louis B. Sherbino in September, 1915. It was designated a Colorado State Landmark in 1991 for its significant role in the social and cultural heritage of the Town of Ridgway.
The Sherbino has been many things in its 100 year history: a performance venue, a roller skating rink, a teepee/yurt factory, a film house, an illegal gambling hall, a post office, a live music hall, meeting & gathering place, and Jack Dempsey even fought here! It went dark in 2011 and the Ridgway community rallied to save it.
Today, the Sherbino is a highly-energized anchor in the heart of historic downtown Ridgway. The Sherbino offers year-round programming of more than 150 events, which engage over 4,500 adults, 500 youth, and 365 artists.
In addition to offering a space for community events and gatherings, The Sherbino is developing on-going programs including live music, a monthly poetry reading series, a lecture series, quarterly Ignite Sherbino! (a short version of a TED talk), Sherb Nerds trivia nights, and Living Room Lounge (visual arts events with local musicians), and frequent film screenings. Put simply, if something is happening in Ridgway, it’s taking place at "The Sherb."
Our vision is to recreate the Sherbino Theater as a leading Colorado Western Slope venue celebrating community, the arts and the Chautauqua Legacy.
The core values of the Sherbino Theater are rooted in our deep commitment to the Chautauqua principles of lifelong learning including the sharing of art, craft, and music while promoting intellectual and civic engagement. The organization believes in:
- Excellence in the promotion and teaching of the arts;
- Enrichment though spirited programming focused on entertainment, the arts, and community issues;
- Collaboration and partnerships with local, regional and national arts and cultural organizations to further our mission;
- Commitment to the sustainable development of our facilities and to act in an environmentally sound manner for the benefit of generations to come.