Theatres and Arenas officials and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will honor the Newton Auditorium and the launch of Tom Noel (“Dr. Colorado”) and Amy Zimmer’s new book, Showtime, at an event on Wednesday, July 9.

The Newton Auditorium opened on July 5, 1908 for Denver’s first Democratic National Convention and went on to host myriad high profile, socially and culturally important events and performances. The old Auditorium Theatre was gutted during a voter-approved $93 million renovation, leaving just the historic exterior walls in place, and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House opened in 2005. A jewel in the crown of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the “Ellie” is now the permanent home of Opera Colorado and Colorado Ballet, as well as touring Broadway musicals and concerts.

Showtime traces Denver’s love affair with theatre, dance, opera, music and conventions back to its gold-rush origins. The historical account details the events that transformed a rough-and-tumble Western town into one of the nation’s foremost performing arts destinations. With 500 illustrations and a sweeping narrative, Showtime chronicles the first 150 years of Colorado’s cultural landscape.




WHAT:           A celebration honoring the Newton Auditorium’s 100th birthday and the launch of Showtime


WHO:             Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Jack Finlaw (Director of Theatres and Arenas), Tom Noel and Judi Wolf (Denver philanthropist) and a performance by Opera Colorado soprano Sangeetha Vandeyar


WHEN:           Wednesday, July 9

                        3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

                        (Program starts at 4:00 PM)


WHERE:         Lobby of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Newton Auditorium

                        Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets