Denver FilmCenter/Colfax to premiere during 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival in November; Starz renews Festival sponsorship through 2014
Denver Film Society (DFS) today announced plans to relocate its film
center in early November to 2510 East Colfax, across the street from
East High School and the former site of Neighborhood Flix. The new
Denver Film Center/Colfax will join neighborhood specialty retailers
including the Tattered Cover Book Store and Twist & Shout Records
in creating a premier cultural arts and entertainment destination on
East Colfax Avenue.
The grand opening is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4, the second evening of the 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival featuring two red-carpet premieres.
has signed a lease agreement with an option to purchase the site from
building owner Frank Schultz, President and Co-owner of Tavern
Hospitality Group. Says Schultz, "I was originally drawn to the location because of the tremendous potential for that area of Colfax. Shortly
before we were to begin construction on our approved plan, The Denver
Film Society approached us with a request to lease the space from us. We
both share the same vision of bringing a cultural revitalization to the
neighborhood. I felt it was the right decision for DFS to use the
space for the new Denver FilmCenter. The Denver Film
Society lease provides an immediate benefit for the community and I'm
thrilled to make this happen for them and this neighborhood."
For the Denver Film Society, the property provides the best opportunities for future growth and stability.
excited to take a step beyond just a location and truly find a home
that is in the heart of an entertainment and cultural corridor," said
Tom Botelho, executive director of the Denver Film Society. "Frank
Schultz demonstrated a willingness to listen to our proposal and shares
a vision for what our new Denver FilmCenter home has to offer to the
Denver FilmCenter/Colfax will feature three screens, leather stadium
seating, state-of-the-art sound, as well as a full bar and restaurant
with seating for 80 in the theater lobby.
new home is in an incredibly vibrant neighborhood and is within walking
distance of 50,000 potential customers," said David Charmatz, DFS board
chair. "We're looking forward to the opportunities this
location will present in terms of educational and cultural programming
with our neighbors, especially the students and staff at East High
The 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival will operate in two locations - at the Starz
FilmCenter (Downtown Auraria Campus) and the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. Year-round DFS programming will begin at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax location on Nov. 15. DFS
will maintain its business office and host select special events at the
Starz FilmCenter through November 2011 when its existing lease expires. Educational
programming and partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver
College of Arts & Media will continue at both locations.
new home is a perfect match for the kind of intimate programming that
DFS does best," said Britta Erickson, festival director. "Through the
combination of year-round film and Festival programming that annually
draws international attention, we're confident that our members and
film lovers throughout the region will experience one of the best
social and cultural environments our city has to offer."
Denver FilmCenter/Colfax will offer a series of events in October to
introduce the facility to its members, patrons and sponsors.
Starz Entertainment Extends Festival Sponsorship through 2014
In addition, DFS announced a three-year extension of its Festival sponsorship agreement with Starz Entertainment. The renewal will carry through the 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival.
is delighted to extend its commitment and financial support to the
Denver Film Society through the Starz Denver Film Festival," said Bill
Myers, president and chief operating officer for Starz Entertainment.
"Through the hard work and efforts of the DFS, future Oscar® winners
and other major talent are now coming to Denver in advance of award
season. We are very proud to continue our association with the event
and share in its continued success."
in 1978, the Denver Film Society's mission is to develop opportunities
for diverse audiences to discover film through creative,
thought-provoking experiences. Over the past three decades, DFS has
worked to promote the medium of film as both an art form and a civic
forum, offering year-round screenings, community outreach projects and
internationally recognized special events including Film on the Rocks
and the Starz Denver Film Festival. It is the largest
nonprofit organization in Colorado dedicated to engaging both its
members and the general public in a relationship with and understanding
of film and film culture.
The Tavern Hospitality Group is owned by Frank Schultz and Terry and Al Papay. This
family owned and operated company began in 1997 and is comprised of
Tavern Uptown, Tavern Downtown, Tavern Lowry, Tavern Tech Center,
Tavern Wash Park, The Soiled Dove Underground, Cowboy Lounge and the
soon-to-be Tavern Littleton. The Tavern Hospitality
Group's reputation is built upon the high standards it upholds for food
and service along with the high-end architectural features of each
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