on sandstone, costumes in glass cases
add a feeling of the arts
to a space of elegance and sophistication.
Before or after a show...
A place to meet
or to dine in style
And to round out one's theater experience, there's the Chambers
Grant Salon - the extraordinary below-street-level space enclosed
in the original sandstone walls* that form the foundation of
the Quigg Newton Auditorium, where theater-goers can enjoy conversation
and refreshments before and after shows at The Ellie or the
other theaters of the Performing Arts Complex. It is also the
preferred gathering place for patrons of The Ellie as well as
the premier venue for pre- and post-performance receptions and
for fund-raising events.
Salon can be accessed directly from the orchestra level through
a passageway that connects the two spaces, or from the lobby via
a stunning glass and terrazzo staircase, or via stairs or elevator
from the valet parking entrance.
Everything about the space spells sophistication: the elegant
bar and lounge, fine dining at "Kevin Taylor's at the
Opera House", the stage for small performances such as
chamber music or jazz concerts, the monumental paintings by Colorado
artist Vance Kirkland, and the colorful glass-encased costumes
from past opera performances.
The Salon, which covers an area of 11,620 sq.ft and seats up to
750 patrons, is named in honor of philanthropists and long-time
supporters of Opera Colorado, Colorado Ballet, and the Colorado
Symphony Orchestra - Merle Chambers and Denver Art Museum Executive
Director Hugh Grant - who made a $2M capital gift to the City
and County of Denver to fund continuing enhancements to the Ellie
Caulkins Opera House and other spaces inside the Newton Auditorium.
* The sandstone walls, on which
the Kirkland paintings shown above hang, were a complete but wonderful
revelation to everyone involved in the renovation of the Auditorium.
No one knew they were there until the construction team dug low
enough, revealing their existence. They were very carefully cleaned
and hand-washed, and today in their original state provide a beautifully
textured, natural enclosure to a very elegant space.