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Opera Colorado
The ELLIE CAULKINS OPERA HOUSE: prime offstage spaces - the Chambers Grant Salon

The Making of The Ellie

BUILDING THE ELLIE:
The Quigg Newton Auditorium
Design
Construction

The Lobby
The Chihuly

The Main Hall

OTHER SPACES:
Dressing Rooms
Chambers Grant Salon
The Performing Arts Complex






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Art work 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.

The 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.

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