It’s amazing how quickly things have changed. I don’t think anyone would have foreseen to see the world as it is today a month ago. It was surreal to see the once vibrant streets of Broadway, now empty with boarded-up stores and restaurants.
The artists of Denver are fighting back against the doom and the gloom by creating works of art on top of the plywood that now adorns the many buildings on Broadway.
As much as I love the age of streaming, in all honesty, a Netflix bing does not replace the movie-going experience. There is just something about sharing the film viewing experience with the community that makes the film itself (good or bad) much more memorable.
Some of my most fond memories is seeing swashbuckling films like The Mask of Zorro and The Man in the Iron Mask in a tiny mountain town theater. I can also promise you there is nothing like seeing Bladerunner under a sky of twinkling stars at a certain famous amphitheater.
Ready to break up your film routine? Read on to learn about some unique Colorado cinema treasures.
If you venture up towards 11th ave and Bannock St, you’ll come across a walk down memory lane. At 1089 Bannock Street (Rocky Mountain PBS Studio) you will find the remains of Denver’s short-lived TV walk of fame.
At the center of the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO lies the old the Fitzsimons Army Hospital or also known as Building 500. These days the old hospital is used for office space for the continuously growing Colorado University (CU) operated campus, but at one time this building served to be one of the most important developments to ever happen to the Denver Metro Area.
The Story of Fitzsimons Army Hospitals past. @wikimedia
The Fitzsimons Army Hospital was the place where President Eisenhower recovered from his heart attack back in 1954, the birthplace of former Secretary of State and Presidential Nominee, John Kerry, and the home to a bustling military community.
Colorado just lost one of its most influential art icons, Lawrence Argent; the man who is most notably known for creating the giant blue bear that peers inside the Colorado Convention Center. The blue bear oddly enough is the second iconic giant blue statue in Denver. What can I say? We really like giant blue animals in Colorado.
Lawrence Argent was not native to Colorado but was in fact born overseas in Essex, England. He spent most of his childhood years in Australia and came to America after he finished his education. He came to Colorado in 1993 when he landed a teaching job at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Denver. Since that time he has called Colorado home and has made numerous contributions to its art culture.
This Monday marks the first time that a total solar eclipse has been truly present across the United States from coast to coast since 1918. The last time a total eclipse was present, Denver had an ideal view of the event with 100% total coverage.
This time around, the citizens of Denver will only have 94% coverage and will sadly not get to experience all the special phenomenon that is present during a total eclipse. That doesn’t mean eclipse mania has not hit. Many Coloradoans are traveling up to our neighbors in Wyoming to view of the event and special eclipse viewing glasses are hard to find.