Lone Tree Arts Center

Lone Tree, Colorado | C.2011

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Only a half hour drive from downtown Denver, the people of Lone Tree have always had easy access to all the amenities of big city life — including world-class performing arts. So when voters granted the city almost $20 million in 2008 to build a gleaming facility of their own, everyone was on the edge of their seat to see whether it would be a smash hit… or a total flop.

Lo and behold, the community has been insatiable in its appetite for live performance, and the LTAC has been nothing short of a smash. In the years since its opening night in September 2011, the venue has made its mark, presenting over 1,000 performances for over half a million guests. 

And while the curtain raises for the spectacular performers, the building itself steals the show. Its angular copper roof and towering entryway windows make for the most wondrous welcome into the grand entry hall. Though its splashy entrance gives off the glamor of a big production, it’s balanced exquisitely with the intimacy of a modestly sized venue where each of the 500 guests sit closer than 60 feet from the stage. 

Consider the state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, orchestra pit, fly space, and acoustic design, and it’s no surprise that every night ends with the audience on its feet, a chorus of thunderous applause sending the crowd home happy. 

The secret to all this success? Making theater accessible for everyone. Throughout its history, LTAC has focused on bringing a diversity of performances to its stage, producing its own, as well as presenting national and regional tours. And the kiddos get a kick, too! The Arts Center has become renowned for its children’s programming and accommodations for visual- and hearing-impaired audience members. 

So no matter what brings you to Lone Tree for a night on the town, you can always count on the ‘little-Arts-Center-that-could’ to deliver knockout performances with the best of ‘em — only closer to Main Street than Broadway. 

:memo: Written by: Drew Tweedy

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