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Denver Performing Arts Complex

Coordinates: 39°44′40″N 104°59′51″W / 39.74444°N 104.99750°W / 39.74444; -104.99750
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39°44′40″N 104°59′51″W / 39.74444°N 104.99750°W / 39.74444; -104.99750

Denver Performing Arts Complex front view
Denver Performing Arts Complex

The Denver Performing Arts Complex (also referred to as the "Arts Complex") in Denver, Colorado, is one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States. The DCPA is a four-block, 12-acre (49,000 m2) site containing ten performance spaces with over 10,000 seats connected by an 80-foot-tall (24 m) glass roof.[1] It is home to a professional theater company and also hosts Broadway musical tours, contemporary dance and ballet, chorales, symphony orchestras, opera productions, and pop stars.

The City and County of Denver’s Arts & Venues[2] owns and operates the three largest theaters in the Arts Complex – the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre and the Boettcher Concert Hall. The Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex within the Arts Complex is managed and operated by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Performing arts organizations that regularly appear in the performance spaces include the Colorado Ballet, the Colorado Symphony, Opera Colorado and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ theatrical divisions – Denver Center Broadway and Denver Center Theatre Company.

Performance and other facilities[edit]

The Denver Performing Arts Complex houses the following performance spaces:

The Wolf Theater is the largest of the four theaters in the Bonfils Theater Complex. It was previously known as the Stage Theater. It has a seating capacity of 601. The theater features audio-enhancing walls and a thrust stage. It was remodeled in 2020-2021, and its current name honors long-time patrons and benefactors in Denver's theater community.

The Kilstrom Theater, renamed in 2021, was previously known as the Space Theater. It was remodeled in 2017 with new wheelchair accessibility.

The Singleton Theater was previously known as the Ricketson Theater. Recently renamed to honor William Dean Singleton, who was involved in the creation of the DCPA in its early years, it has been recently remodeled to include easier elevator access. It has 250 seats in a proscenium theater. It was originally created as an art-house movie theater.

The Jones Theater features 200 seats and a thrust stage. It has a separate entrance on the outside of the building, near the intersection with Speer Boulevard. This theater is often used for more experimental productions under the DCPA's Off-Center brand.

The Garner Galleria Theater has a seating capacity of 210.

The Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom is a pentagonal room with panoramic views of the mountains. This 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) facility holds a maximum capacity of 1,029 people. It can accommodate a variety of functions and performances, featuring its own catering kitchen, freight elevator, tables, chairs, portable dance floor, moveable platform staging and lighting, audio, video, and projection systems.

Sculpture Park[edit]

Sculpture Park is located at the southwest corner of the complex at N. Speer Blvd. and Champa St. Often called 'the dancing aliens' locally because of the sculptures' scale, the official name is:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Denver Theatre Entertainment Plays Showtimes". Archived from the original on 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  2. ^ City and County of Denver’s Arts & Venues
  3. ^ "Dancers - Denver Public Art".
  4. ^ Dumb and Dumber: Jonathan Borofsky's "The Dancers" waltz into Denver. Michael Paglia. Westword. June 26, 2003. Accessed 2012-12-09.

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