Took my teenage daughter to Girls Night In at the Bluebird a few weeks ago. Since the theater is located on Colfax (not the greatest part of town) and parking can be difficult, I researched thoroughly to understand what we were getting into. We loved the whole experience, but to avoid disappointment you should be aware of a few things.
For this event, doors opened at 7 pm and the event started at 8 pm on a Wed night. We arrived by personal car at 5:15 to find a few open spots in the parking lot next door to Paradise Cleaners. This is right across the street from the Bluebird, and designated parking for the theater after 5 or 5:30 pm weekdays. You have to get there early if you want a spot here. Otherwise, you park on the street a couple blocks behind Colfax, and be careful to avoid the reserved residential street parking or you'll get a ticket.
We had dinner at a pretty good little Mexican restaurant across the street from the Bluebird, and then lined up a little before 7 pm. Once inside, we were surprised at how intimate and cozy the theater is! I think it was an old movie theater at one time and they took out the row seating. Upon entry, door attendants marked the backs of hands for under-21s and adults received wristbands. There's a bar with beverages, but we did not have any. People we were with felt the drinks were decently priced for a theater.
There really is no poor viewing area for the stage. We grabbed a couple barstools and sat on the last deck of the tiered first level floor, against the railing. Look for seats immediately if you want to sit; they are scarce. I'm sure for some concerts (this was not sold out) it would be standing room only.
There is an upstairs to your left upon entering the theater, which overlooks the first level and is a nice getaway if it gets crowded.
Restrooms were fine, but I could see how they might get pretty gross in different (less child friendly) events. Railings were a little sticky.
Sound system microphones cut out early in the show but were finally fixed; not sure if that was the Bluebird's responsibility or the visiting show. But once fixed, it was fine.
Leaving the venue at about 10 pm, we did not encounter any seedy situations outside on our way to the car. We felt safe and there were lots of people leaving at the same time. Just be aware of your surroundings as you would anywhere, and you'll be fine.
Overall, we loved how small the theater was and how close we were to the action on the stage. With the fun little restaurants nearby and a little planning for nearby parking, we'd definitely return.
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