The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver

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The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is an organization in Denver, Colorado which provides a showcase for live theatre, a nurturing ground for new plays, a preferred stop on the Broadway touring circuit, acting classes for the community and rental facilities. It was founded in 1972.

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the largest tenant of the Denver Performing Arts Complex which is a four-block, 12-acre (49,000 m2) site containing ten performance spaces with over 10,000 seats. It is owned and partially operated by Arts and Venues Denver.

Both organizations were the vision of Donald Seawell. Finding himself at 14th and Curtis streets in downtown Denver one day and looking at the old Auditorium Theatre and the surrounding four blocks, Seawell had an idea for a first-class arts complex. Seawells original vision was much broader and included other entities (see Previous Entities below) which no longer are part of the Center.

Ground was broken in December 1974. By 1978 Boettcher Concert Hall — the nation's first in-the-round concert hall — was completed, along with an eight-story, 1,700-space parking garage. By 1979 the Auditorium Theatre had been renovated (and was completely renovated again in 2005, creating the state-of-the-art Ellie Caulkins Opera House inside of the historic Auditorium), two cabaret spaces had been added and the Helen G. Bonfils Theatre Complex opened with four theatres now knows as The Wolf, The Singleton, The Kilstrom and The Jones theatres. The Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre was completed in 1991, the Seawell Grand Ballroom was added in 1998 and The Weeks Conservatory Theatre opened in 2002.

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  • Nice to walk and admired the sculpture outside of the building. It’s Sunday and pandemic the place was closed. It was nice to take pictures. Surprisingly it’s windy and cold.  more »
  • Located in downtown Denver, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is a complex of artistic venues. Within the complex is the Buell Theater which features high profile traveling Broadway shows...  more »
  • I love going to the complex, but the last few times I've been to the Buell somehow the sound system it's not working correctly. Numerous people around me said the same thing, that they could not understand the speaking or words to the songs.
  • I only walked through the huge "atrium" bit. It was breath-taking. The arched skylights, the birds ambiently singing, the ample walking space. I've yet to attend a show here, but the selection was amazing. Many glamor shots were taken.

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