Denver's Cultural Facilities & Entertainment
With ten venues offering 10,800 seats, the Denver Performing Arts Complex is the second largest performing
arts center in the nation (after Lincoln Center in New York) in seating capacity and the largest in the world under one roof.
Located downtown, the four square block center features: Boettcher Concert Hall, the nation's first symphony hall in the round.
The Denver Center Theater Company which won a Tony Award in 1998 for best regional theatre acting company; the Temple Buell Theater, a new 2,800
seat Broadway theater that opened in 1991 with Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical, "Phantom of the Opera" and hosts other top road attractions,
as well as the world's first voice research laboratory. The Auditorium Theatre is currently undergoing a $62 million renovation, scheduled to open in 2005.
The center is entered under a block long glass arch and is noted for its unusual and striking architecture.
According to Performance Magazine, in 1997 more people attended performances at the Buell Theatre than at any other
3,000-seat or smaller theatre in the nation. Over 600,000 people paid to see productions at the Buell in 1997.
The Performing Arts Complex had three of the nation’s top 15 theatres in 1997,
with the Auditorium Theatre placing 8th and Boettcher Concert Hall placing 12th.
And in 1998, the Denver Center Theatre Company won a Tony Award for best regional theatre.
In 2001, Denver voters approved a $62 million renovation of the Quigg Newton Auditorium Theatre.
The new Ellie Caulkin Opera House, located in the Newton Auditorium Theatre, opened in 2005 as a state-of-the-art performance venue for the Colorado Opera and the Colorado Ballet.
The League of American Theatres and Producers in New York declares Denver to be the 7th best market in North
America for gross revenues from touring Broadway shows after Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco and Boston.
Denver has 30 other theaters and over 100 cinemas and has always had a long love affair with the arts.
When Denver was a wild gold rush town in the 1870s, it boasted a theater with sold out performances of MacBeth, long before it had either a school or a hospital.