Architecture: A New Theater in the Rockies

The future meets the present in Denver

"The Dawning of the Denver Decade in American Theater," proclaim the promotional brochures. "What other cities did in the '60s and '70s, Denver is doing better in the '80s!" It is home-town boosterism, of course, but in this case the hyperbole is close to the truth. There is an advantage to being last, and Denver's Helen G. Bonfils Theater Complex, which opened with the new year, has learned from everybody else's mistakes. Elegantly beautiful, it also boasts what may be the most flexible and workable cluster of...

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