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Wednesday, July 14, 2021


Grab some popcorn, it’s time to talk about the movies.

While many Denverites are feeling more and more comfortable returning to theaters, they may not realize that they’re participating in a tradition that has literally shaped our city.

Our leading historic preservation group was  founded, in part, out of the excitement over a movie, The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Six years after it premiered here in 1964, a group of history-minded residents got together to preserve Titanic survivor and Denver resident Molly Brown’s 1889 home in Capitol Hill. Thus, Historic Denver was born.

I learned that story in a fascinating presentation that Historic Denver streamed last week with historian Amy Zimmer and Sie Film Center’s artistic director Keith Garcia. Check that out here if you want to learn more about Denver’s historic movie houses and why we’ve lost so many of them.

Or get right to the action with some movie news:

  • Denver Film Festival announced recently that they’re planning in-person and virtual screenings when they return this November 3-14. Ticket packs are on sale now. 
  • Denver has a brand new multiplex that opened during the pandemic. The AMC+9 CO 10 boasts cushy reclining seats and a full bar at 826 Albion Street in the development that replaced the old CU hospital complex.
  • The Esquire has new owners. They bought it for $2.1 million and say they’ll keep it just as it was, at least until the Landmark Theater chain’s contract to operate the place runs out in 2024, which will be just three years shy of the Esquire’s 100-year anniversary. 

I haven’t been back to the theater yet myself, but I’ve got my eye on this one coming out later this month. Maybe I’ll see you at that new AMC?

[Denver Business Journal, BusinessDen, Historic Denver]

🌦️ Temps should be cooling off a little today, with rain likely this afternoon.

— Paul Karolyi, (@paulkarolyi)

P.S. Thanks to an attentive reader, I’ve got a quick clarification on an item in yesterday’s newsletter. The nightclub mogul who goes by Valentes Corleons purchased the building where the Falling Rock Tap House used to operate, NOT the tap house itself. I was unclear about that distinction, and I’m sorry about that.


🛫 City Council approves Hancock’s pick to run DIA
On Monday evening, Denver City Council voted unanimously to confirm Phil Washington as the new CEO of DIA, which means it’s now his job to shepherd the over-budget and overdue Great Hall Project to completion, among other responsibilities. Washington previously ran the Regional Transportation District from 2009 to 2015, then left for Los Angeles to manage LA Metro. [Denver Business Journal]
👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode of City Cast Denver with Axios Denver reporter Alayna Alvarez about the politics surrounding Washington’s nomination.

⛳ New putt-putt bar opening on Wynkoop St.
The Hospitality Group behind Larimer Square’s Hidden Gems and Drunken Bakery is opening a new 1970s golf-themed bar and restaurant called RiNo Country Club in September. It will feature a 9-hole putt-putt course, Golden Tee arcade machines, and tons of golf stuff to gawk at while you drink. “It’s simply a party bar that happens to have golf,” one co-founder said. [BusinessDen]

🚙 Driver found “not guilty” of assaulting protester
At the peak of Denver’s protests over the murder of George Floyd last summer, a video of an SUV appearing to ram a protester in downtown Denver went viral. After a trial last week, the driver, Jennifer Watson, was found not guilty of assault. The jury instead found her guilty of reckless driving, a misdemeanor offense, and she awaits sentencing. [Denverite]


The Forgotten Music Venue That Hosted The Greats

14 minutes 

The Family Dog was only open for 10 months in ‘67 and ‘68, but it hosted Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Grateful Dead. DU professor Scott Montgomery and documentarian Dan Obarski share the untold story of the short-lived hippie rock club that launched Denver’s live music scene.


+ TODAY: Indigenous Film and Architecture: Symbolism, Geometry and Nature
After a free screening, indigenous architect Daniel J. Glenn will discuss two short films exploring his work on culturally responsive architecture and sustainable design.

+ SATURDAY: Celebrate Bastille Day
French American School of Denver is hosting a day-long celebration of Bastille Day, with live music, dance and activities for the kiddos from 4-10 p.m.

+ THIS WEEKEND: Colorado Renaissance Fair
Grab a turkey leg, meet some knights in shining armor, and take in the sights and smells of history just outside Larkspur every weekend through the end of August.

+ MONDAY: Child Tax Credit Q&A with Sen. Michael Bennet
The new child tax credit, which Bennet pushed through Congress, goes into effect on July 15, so the Colorado Sun is hosting a Q&A to help people gain access.
👉 What you can do: Read up on this new program to see if you have any questions for Bennet. 

Shout out to our reader Matt Gilliam for telling some friends about City Cast Denver and helping us grow! We appreciate you, Matt!

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(Jeremy Papasso/Digital First Media/Boulder Daily Camera/Getty Images)

(Take Off Your Mask And) Breathe In A Room Full of Minty Tea

We can think of no better way to celebrate the declining role of masks in our everyday life, than a visit to the Celestial Seasonings factory, where they keep the peppermint tea in its own special room. Walk in and be greeted by a blast of minty cool air; breathe it in, breathe it out, repeat. Celestial Seasonings of course is an internationally beloved tea brand that’s Colorado born and raised.

Pssst! There’s a lot more where this came from. Get more suggestions for can’t-miss Denver activities this summer with the exclusive City Cast Denver Summer Bucket List. All you have to do is refer one friend to the newsletter with your unique referral link to get the bucket list sent straight to your inbox. If you refer more than one friend, you can get other sweet rewards, like a personal shoutout in the newsletter and CCD swag!

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