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Denver Performing
Arts Complex

The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the largest performing arts complex under one roof, and the second largest center of its kind in the world, after New York’s Lincoln Theater. Ten venues seat more than 10,000 people at this four-block, 12-acre cultural creation — all under an 80-foot-high glass roof. A first stop for national tours, thanks to Denver’s award-winning stage production, the complex includes the historic Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre and the Boettcher Concert Hall, each with their own distinctive charm.

Expressive in so many ways

The complex’s cultural experience starts before you even make it to your seats. Public art takes center stage outside the Denver Performing Arts Complex, including Jonathan Borofsky’s 60-foot masterpiece. Dubbed the Dancers, these fiberglass and steel figurines appear as though they’re performing for passerbys at the intersection of Speer Boulevard and Champ Street. Music plays at the base of the statues.

Near the Buell Theatre, Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s Man and Woman watch over theater-goers, while Mexican artist Victor M. Contreras creates his own cultural vibe with his bronze abstract sculpture, Infinite Energy.

A "Super Block" of theatrical activity

A cultural quartet, the Denver Performing Arts Complex hosts the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ theatrical divisions. 

From comedies to cabaret, from to musicals and drama, the complex has a full calendar of shows, special events, free discussions and backstage tours.

Featuring a “Super Block” of theatrical activity just off Speer Boulevard, the Denver Performing Arts Complex boasts a number of stages and venue “where art comes alive.” This space is rich in history and culture. Take for instance:

  • The Ellie Caulkins Opera House: Fondly called Ellie, this auditorium is one of only three opera houses in the United States.
  • The Buell Theatre: This versatile venue is ranked as the highest-grossing theatre of its size in the country. Interestingly, it was once a former sports venue. Theatre goers can still see where the old scoreboard hung in the rafters.
  • The Garner Galleria Theatre: A cabaret-style theater, this venue features intimate nightclub seating for outside-the-box comedic and musical performances.
  • The Stage Theatre: One of four theatres in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, there isn’t a bad seat in the house with every seat being 13 rows or less from the stage.
  • The Ricketson Theatre: Also part of the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, the Ricketson Theatre was a former cinema. Now, it’s used annually as a testing ground for world premiere plays.
  • The Jones Theatre: For improvisation-style performances, visit the Jones Theatre. With just 200 seats, this intimate venue is located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex.

Getting everyone into the act

Now, you can go behind-the-scenes of these world-class acts. Explore backstage at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in a 90-minute guided tour that takes visitors through dressing rooms, into the costume and design studies and onto the stage. Plus, a Family Fun Forum, held throughout the year, allows kids of all ages to get into character, learn to juggle or sing a show tune.

Denver Performing Arts Complex
1345 Champ St. | 720.865.4239