Backstage tours of the performing arts complex

Arts Complex and Resident Companies produce $300 million in Economic Activity

Backstage tours of the performing arts complex

In 1908, the Denver Auditorium (now home to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Studio Loft) hosted Colorado’s first Democratic National Convention. Sixty years later, an Arts Complex was built on the surrounding site, over time becoming one of the largest and most active cultural centers in the nation.

Four primary resident companies — Colorado Ballet, Colorado Symphony, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Opera Colorado — present and produce dance, music, theatre and opera in its 11 performance spaces.

Recently, Arts & Venues (the division of the City of Denver that manages the four-block, 12-acre campus) produced an Impact Statement the clearly illustrates the contributions that this “Crown Jewel of the Rockies” (Time magazine) provides for students, residents, visitors and area businesses.

The Impact Statement illustrates the commitment of these resident companies and the City of Denver to our region. In FY19, we collectively:

  • Entertained 1.3 million guests
  • Offered 170,000 free or reduced-cost admissions
  • Provided 2,700 performances
  • Educated 250,000 students
  • Employed 3,500 individuals
  • Generated $300 million in economic activity

We invite you to read our Impact Statement. Thank you for making our work possible.