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Denver Performing Arts The Denver Performing Arts Complex, occupying four blocks at Curtis and 14th streets, is the second largest performing arts center in the nation: Its 10 performance venues seat a total of more than 10,000 people.

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During the main concert season from October through May, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra usually performs weekly in the Boettcher Concert Hall; Opera Colorado and the Colorado Ballet perform in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. “The Ellie,” as it's called by the locals, features an electronic screen on the back of its seats from which operagoers may view the current performance's text in eight languages.

The Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, the largest venue in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, features Broadway productions and ballet. Catching a Broadway show while on vacation in the Rockies may not be an obvious choice, but for theater lovers, it’s one of the most exciting things to do while you’re in town.

The adjacent Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex hosts the Denver Center Theatre Company. The 12-acre complex also includes the Garner Galleria Theatre and the Jones Theatre.

Wondering where to eat before or after the show? There is a wide selection of local restaurants around the complex, including several on-site options.

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Fun Things to Do With Friends and Family

Free band concerts are held in various city parks from May to September. Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, in Greenwood Village south of Denver, also has a summer concert series. A little farther out near Morrison, the natural amphitheater in Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre offers summer entertainment as well as films. Because of the versatility of its offerings and its natural surroundings, Red Rocks is an ideal addition to any group travel itinerary. The venue lends an air of adventure travel to your concert experience.

Family entertainment can be found at the Paramount Theatre, downtown at 1621 Glenarm St.; phone (303) 623-0106. If you prefer drama or comedy while dining, try a dinner theater during your trip.

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Travel Information

City Population

600,158

Elevation

5,280 ft.

Sales Tax

Colorado's statewide sales tax is 2.9 percent. Additional fees and taxes bring the total sales tax for the city and county of Denver to 8.31 percent. There also is a 14.75 percent city/county lodging tax, an 11.25 percent rental car tax and an 8 percent food and beverage tax.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(720) 913-2000

Fire (non-emergency)

(720) 913-1311

Time and Temperature

(303) 337-2500

Hospitals

Denver Health Medical Center, (303) 436-6000; St. Joseph Hospital, (303) 812-2000; Porter Adventist Hospital, (303) 778-1955; Rose Medical Center, (303) 320-2121.

Visitor Information

1575 California St. Denver, CO 80202. Phone:(303)892-1505 or (800)233-6837

Air Travel

Denver International Airport

Rental Cars

Most of the numerous car rental agencies serving the Denver area have facilities both downtown and at Denver International Airport. Hertz, (303) 342-3800 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., (303) 592-6712, serves Amtrak.

Buses

Denver's bus terminal complex at 19th and Arapahoe streets houses Greyhound Lines Inc., (303) 293-6555. The Regional Transportation District's Denver-Broomfield-Boulder Bus Service, (303) 299-6000, offers downtown shuttles and local service from the Market Street Station at 16th and Blake.

Taxis

Cabs in Denver can be requested by phone or, less commonly, hailed on the street. Major companies are Freedom Cab Co., (303) 444-4444; Metro Taxi Co., (303) 333-3333; Union Taxi, (303) 922-2222; and Yellow Cab Co., (303) 777-7777. Taxis are metered, with basic charges that vary from company to company.

Public Transportation

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) operates a fleet of buses in the metropolitan area. In general, buses run 5:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. One-way fare is $2.80. For information phone (303) 299-6000.

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