The Cinema and the Theatre - Climbing

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A quick hike off the road, with a view of the Colorado River, there are over 20 climbs of varying levels. There are two 5.7 bolted routes, a 5.9 and a variety of 5.10 climbs.

Written by

Sallie Shatz


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

6.8 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

A couple hours to a full day.


All Seasons

Dog Friendly




The Cinema and the Theatre are mostly bolted, you will need up to 15 quick draws. Routes are 80’ to 100’ feet long. The areas were named for how it feels to be climbing above a river take out, being a spectacle for boaters.

What Makes It Great

This will be a great place to climb in the heat of summer. On a north facing wall it has shade most of the day in the summer and there is the added entertainment for the belayer of watching the boaters and being the subject of their ohhs, ahhs and images for their scrapbook.

The rock is visually different, less solid in appearance from the usual Wingate Sandstone rock that the majority of the climbing in the Moab area is on. The rock is a calcite with features – edges and pockets vs. cracks… some would call it a choss pile. Be prepared for loose stuff and wear helmets. All but one route are bolted and one route takes some supplemental gear.

More specific beta can be found in the climbing guide High on Moab by Karl Kelley available in town at the climbing stores.

Who is Going to Love It

There are not many beginner climbing areas in Moab. The Cinema has two 5.7 bolted routes as well as a 5.9 bolted route. From there, the ratings go up into the 5.10 range. It is a short hike from the car with bolted routes. Climbers and belayers should wear helmets to protect themselves from loose rocks.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Moab, drive north on 191 until you reach the Colorado River. Take a right onto 128 River Road. Go 11 miles. Park at Take Out Beach. Look for a trail by a big boulder on the downstream side of the parking lot. The first crag is the Theatre and the second, 2 minutes further is the Cinema. 

There is no fee to use this area. Dogs are allowed, be careful of the road and be respectful of other climbers with your dogs. Please always clean up after your dog.

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Cinema and Theater Climbing Area

Moab, Utah,
38.66303, -109.500268

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