The Denver Center for the Performing Arts covers four blocks in the heart of the Downtown District, making it one of the largest venues of its kind in the country. For those who are hoping to catch some Denver shows, this is the top venue in town, offering more than 10,000 seats in its ten different performance spaces. The shows range from traveling Broadway productions and ballet performances to operas and symphonies, and it's worth noting that the center's theater company won a Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1998. This award-winning company continues to enjoy an excellent status, and anyone who needs acting tips should know that the center also boasts an excellent acting academy.
In addition to the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is also home to the Colorado Ballet, the Colorado Opera, and the Colorado Symphony. The Ellie Caulkins Opera House is where both the Colorado Ballet and the Colorado Opera perform, and this elegant venue can seat up to 2,225 people. All 2,225 seats are relatively unique, as they tilt back, providing added comfort over the standard theater seat. Due to the "lyric style" design of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the acoustics are top notch. For those who are interested in catching the Colorado Symphony, the beautiful Boettcher Concert Hall will be the venue of choice. This theater underwent major renovations in 1993 to solve some acoustical issues, and it is renowned for its seating design. Due to the unique seating design, the audience is very close to the stage, lending to the quality of the experience.
A Denver ballet, opera, or symphony performance can be an ideal follow up to a satisfying meal at one of the Denver restaurants, and there are other performances to consider when planning a cultural night out in the Mile High City.
For visitors who have Denver shows of the theater variety in mind, consulting the schedule of events at the Performing Arts Center is a good idea. When a touring Broadway company isn't in town, the center's theater company is likely to be putting on a show. The larger productions are held in the dazzling Buell Theatre, which has earned a lot of praise for its overall quality. In addition to Broadway shows, musicals, and plays, the Buell Theatre also hosts various comedy acts, and regardless of the genre, the performances often sell out fast. As such, anyone hoping to see a show at the Buell Theatre will want to get their Denver Center for the Performing Arts tickets in advance when possible.
Denver Center for the Performing Arts tickets can be purchased for all kinds of performances, and some of the other venues that are used include the 778-seat Stage Theatre, the 450-seat Space Theatre, and the rather sultry Garner Galleria Theatre. The former hosts Denver shows of the cabaret variety and can be of special interest to those who are interested in adding a little spice to their Denver nightlife. Also found at the center is the Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom. This elegant venue is used for an array of special events, including civic functions.
Downtown Denver Restaurants
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is close to an array of shops, bars, and restaurants, making it easy to combine a show with any number of other experiences. Many nearby restaurants have partnered with the Denver Performing Arts Center to offer theatergoers discounted valet parking, complimentary appetizers or up to 15 percent off your total bill when you present your ticket stub from that day’s performance. Popular dining establishments include 1515 Restaurant, located on 1515 Market St., which specializes in seasonal Modern American cuisine, and Café Calore on 1512 Larimer St., which is well known for its quaint café setting and traditional Italian fare.
Both Larimer Square and the 16th Street Mall are also within walking distance, and attractions such as the U.S. Mint and the Capitol Building aren't far off either. Also close to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts are some very tantalizing downtown hotels, such as the Magnolia Hotel and the Brown Palace Hotel, among others. Those who secure Denver Center for the Performing Arts tickets will have little trouble finding a great hotel room close to the complex.
There are several parking options for those experiencing one of the many spectacular shows playing at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The Arts Complex Garage has entrances on both Arapahoe and 13th streets and accepts cash and all major credit cards. The Colorado Convention Center Garage also offers convenient parking on Champa St., directly across from the Boettcher Concert Hall. This garage is also connected to the Performing Arts Center via a pedestrian bridge to ensure safe crossing. Additional parking is also available in Larimer Square, which is located on Market St. between 14th and 15th streets, just a couple of blocks from the Performing Arts Center.
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