The Arvada Center is one of the most popular and unique venues for arts and culture in the greater Denver area, and has won local awards years running for best theatre, and for its productions of a number of classic musical theatre works. The Arvada is something of an anomaly; part theatre, part museum, part educational facility, it offers myriad opportunities for visitors to appreciate all the arts have to offer.
The Center has two theatres: the Main Stage, which features productions of classic Broadway musicals, and the Black Box Theatre, featuring more contemporary and offbeat theatre. The theatre season (lasting approximately September-July), also regularly includes productions by the Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League (PHAMALY).
The Arvada Center facility includes a Museum and Gallery, dedicated not only to theatre and the arts, but to Colorado history as well. The Gallery features regularly rotating exhibitions of art by local, national and international artists, often with an eye towards the cultural climate of the American Southwest. The Museum is located at the core of the Arvada facility and features as its own centerpiece the Haines log house, a pioneer dwelling that was reconstructed in 1981 inside the museum building. The museum’s holdings include thousands of items that paint a picture of daily pioneer life in Colorado, and the particular history of Arvada.
The Arvada Center also offers a huge range of educational programs for all ages, with Fall and Summer classes in theatre, dance, music and a number of visual arts. An arts outreach program offers any of these classes away from the Center, and arts day workshops are available to local schools. Year-round intensive Drama and Dance programs round out the Arvada Center’s impressive educational offering.
Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a 1-minute walk from bus 76 at Wadsworth Boulevard/West 68th Avenue)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Excellent. The Center is fully accessible and also offers both shadowed performances (for deaf or hard of hearing patrons) and audio-described shows (for guests who are blind or have low vision)
- Performances/Programs: Over 50 programs per year with many having multiple performances of each. Programs include children’s shows, symphonies, musicals, dance, and concerts
- Ticket Prices: Prices range widely from $10–$57 depending on program, date, and seat selection
- Group Discounts: Available for groups of 10 or more (excluding children’s theater events). Call for specific group discount prices
- Membership: Individual memberships range from $50 (Friend) – $2,500 (Visionary Circle). Every membership level receives a 10% discount on performing arts single ticket purchases; invitation to the annual members’ open house, facility tour and reception; free admission to the Holiday Craft Fair and Art Market opening reception; invitations to gallery openings and receptions, lectures and tours; 10% off Arvada Center Gift Shop purchases and great discounts at area businesses; complimentary drink tickets for any performance; complimentary year of the Arvada Center Magazines and Education Class Catalogs; advance notice of exclusive ticket offers and special events, and a friends of the Center membership card for individual patron. At the Bravo Circle level ($500) members receive an invitation for two to a first reading of one of the theater season productions, as well as name recognition on the annual Donor Wall
- Educational/Community Outreach: Educational programs at the center include classes for people of all ages, including Acting and Performing Arts, Ageless Age 55+, Art Start, Ceramics, Dance, Humanities, Movement and Yoga, Music, Photography, and Visual Arts. Summer camps include classes in dance, drama, humanities, music, and visual arts. The Arts Day Outreach is an affordable way to bring creative and stimulating workshops in music, dance, humanities, drama, and visual arts to your site. Some of the classes offered are Bookmaking, Cartooning, Batik, Top Secret Magic, Comedy Improvisation, Sumi-E Japanese Painting, Hip Hop Dance, African Drumming, and Van Gogh’s Starry Night. One other program they offer is the Arts Day Outreach Performances and Participation Plays. These hour-long performance-based events offer an entertaining and interactive art experience for groups of 75-200.