Dancers perform Edgar L. Page's "Intersection of Truth & Beauty" on one of DAV's flex stages for community programming - Jonathan Phillips Photography
A New Cultural Hub
Denver Arts & Venues plans to create a new cultural hub for southwest Denver as part of the Loretto Heights Area Plan led by Westside Investment Partners, to redevelop the 72-acre historic campus. DAV's focus is on a parcel of the new mixed-use development dedicated to arts and cultural programming that includes the historic theatre and former library. This project will broaden access to the arts across Denver, attract and welcome diverse audiences, and support small arts organizations needing performance and rehearsal space.
Advancing Cultural Equity and Access
Returning the theatre to public use and building out the surrounding footprint allows us to intentionally expand to an area that has been underserved by the arts. Together with residents, we can plan spaces and programming that reflect the character and culture of the neighborhood, and the needs of artists and arts organizations.
Demonstrating that Thriving Communities Include Arts and Culture
The plan to transform the campus into a destination and gathering place includes housing, office space, cultural center and other amenities. Renovating the theatre and surrounding area will attract the creative community and neighborhood residents, benefitting the vibrancy of the new campus with space for performances, rehearsals, exhibitions, classes, etc.
Preserving Denver’s History and the Legacy of Loretto Heights
The mid-century modern building, known as the May Bonfils Stanton Theatre, is a treasured performance space that originally opened in 1963. It was the second largest and most professionally equipped theatre, making Loretto Heights a top undergraduate theatre program nationally. By restoring the theatre, we are preserving an important part of Denver’s history for future generations to enjoy.