Visit one of Denver’s most exciting attractions! The Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) is a fun mix of art and culture that attracts locals and tourists year ‘round. DPAC hosts the Colorado Ballet, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Opera Colorado, and the theatrical division for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Music, theatre, and dance are the most common types of performances at DPAC.
DPAC was first constructed in December 1974. The Boettcher Concert Hall, the hallmark of DPAC, first opened in March 1978 – and instantly became a hit in the Denver area. The DPAC building was elegantly modeled after the Berlin Philharmonie in Germany to depict a beautiful, cultured concert hall, the first and only of its kind in Denver. Still today, the Denver Performing Arts Complex is one of the most pristine, fabulous arts facilities in the country. Fans of the arts visit DPAC en masse each year.
The Denver Performing Arts Complex also includes the Auditorium Theatre, which is now called the Quigg Newton Denver Municipal Auditorium/Ellie Caulkins Opera House. In addition, it includes the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex and the Galleria glass walkway.
The main reason that DPAC was built was to provide a home for the famous Denver Symphony Orchestra. Boettcher Concert Hall became the first 360 degree concert hall in the United States.
Visitors can participate in a 90-minute guided tour of the DPAC facility to see things like the stages, dressing rooms, rehearsal studios, theatre design and construction facilities, Actor’s Alley (where replicas of Broadway show posters with cast members’ autographs line the walls), and much more.
Tours usually operate on Mondays and Saturdays at 10am only and costs $8 per person. Tours do not operate on major holidays and reservations are recommended. Custom group tours are available with a two week advance notice by filling out a tour request form. Holiday tours on Saturdays from November 21st – December 28th (10am and 11am) at $10 per person are also a fun way to celebrate the holiday season at DPAC. To schedule a tour or get more information, DPAC can be reached at 303-893-4100 or online at denverenter.org.
DPAC is a non-profit organization that uses the proceeds from ticket sales to help education 50,000 students, produce 11 plays, and present 13 musicals. Additional funding for the Denver Performing Arts Complex is also provided by the Citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.