DENVER (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The City and County of Denver have announced that they intend to purchase the Crossroads Theatre from its current owner, Kurt Lewis, for an undisclosed amount.
The city could move on the deal as early as January 2010, handing operation of the 100 seat theatre to the city's Division of Theatres and Arenas. The division said in statement that they plan to solicit public input on how the space should be used. All events currently on the schedule at the theatre will take place as planned.
The theatre, located in Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood, has been used primarily for independent performing arts groups since 2007.
"Assuming the lease and management of Crossroads Theatre is one of the most creative endeavors Theatres and Arenas has undertaken," said Jack Finlaw, Director of Theatres and Arenas. "Our agency’s mission is to provide cultural and public assembly facilities to Denver’s diverse communities. Adding Crossroads to the catalog of venues we manage on behalf of the City will greatly advance our goal of offering affordable spaces, and will enable us to foster a diversity of programming for residents and visitors to Denver."
"Crossroads Theatre is an incredible cultural asset of the historic Five Points neighborhood," said André Pettigrew, Executive Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development. "Its continued success is paramount, as it further activates the neighborhood and provides a spark for future growth, as outlined in our office’s Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative District Development Plan for the area." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers