Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Denver Launches New Theater the City's Opera, Ballet, and Symphony Will Jointly Use the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Denver Launches New Theater the City's Opera, Ballet, and Symphony Will Jointly Use the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre

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DENVER keeps on building: The largest airport in the United States is scheduled to extend its runways to international air traffic in 1993. Last year an enormous convention center began hosting conventioneers from all over the country. In 1995, Denver's spectacularly expensive new baseball-only park will flood with sports fans. And on Nov. 1, the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre opened its brass-gilded glass doors to a 10-day inaugural extravaganza, the first night of which was broadcast nationwide over Arts & Entertainment Network.

The Buell completes the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) complex that features nine theaters and is second in seating capacity only to New York's Lincoln Center. But why does a relatively small community like Denver (with 1.5 million people), need so large a theater complex? It's part of broad efforts to revitalize Denver's economy.

"Denver did not have a stage of a sufficient size and quality to accommodate the needs of touring productions available to it," says Charles Ansbacher, executive director of the Foundation for the Performing Arts Complex. Nor did Denver have a stage adequate to the needs of local producers either. The Buell holds 2800. For highly competitive bookings like "Phantom of the Opera" (opening soon at the Buell for an extended run) a theater with large seating capacity is necessary.

The $36.5 million Buell project will also meet the needs for large local companies, according to Mr. Ansbacher. Opera Colorado, which has always performed in the round at Boettcher Concert Hall (part of the DCPA complex), will now have an alternative space with a proscenium stage. The Colorado Ballet will have its very first adequate space. The Colorado Symphony plans to use it as an alternative space when the opera is using Boettcher.

The new theater is joined to the four other buildings that make up the DCPA. …

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