Help Save the Belvidere Theater

$533 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 42 months
Named to Colorado Preservation Inc.'s "Most Endangered Places" list in 2016.

Built in 1875 by Henry Teller and now part of the City of Central's National Historic Landmark District, the Belvidere Theater stands in a prominent location as you enter the City from I-70.  When it opened, the theater had seating for 450, but it was a victim of its own success.  A new, larger theater was needed, leading to the construction of the Central City Opera House.  The Bel was then used for various other activities, including Beaman's Central Bottling Works, Colorado National Guard Armory Hall, and a school gym.  In the 2000s, the property quietly slipped into disarray until Gilpin County acquired the building in 2015 for back property tax.

Today the City of Central and Gilpin County are committed to the redevelopment of this historic site, but they cannot do it alone.  Let us build a place for the community to come back too - - help us save the Belvidere!

With your help, the Belvidere will be a vibrant community space once again.  Ideas range from new theater productions, partnerships with the Opera, event center for weddings, graduations, or other parties, dinner theater, artist gallery, shops, or artist housing.  No work has started yet, but the structural assessment has been completed to give everyone an idea of the structural need and cost to bring it back to its old glory.

Funds received will be leveraged to maximize every dollar ensuring the success of the theater.

For more information, please contact Lindsey Flewelling with the City of Central.

Colorado Preservation Inc's Most Endangered Places: Belvidere Theater 

Central City Website 
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It's an exciting time for the Belvidere theater as we work to address architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and theater acoustics for the building. Plans have been developed and we'll have schematic drawings of the proposed interior and exterior renovations soon. An outside cost estimator has been present and participated throughout the process. We are looking forward to moving on façade renovations in the near future!

Thank you for your continued support!
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We are pleased to announce that on Nov. 1, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs through their Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance funds has awarded the city $179,350 for a full set of architectural and engineering plans for the Belvidere Theater.

Work on those plans are expected to start in January 2019. Thanks for your continued support.
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Please come join us on Sunday, June 3rd - 2-4 p.m. next to the Belvidere Theater to learn about the past, present and future of the building.

Any old photos and memories about your times inside would be appreciated. There will be a band and refreshments. Limited small tours of the building too.

https://www.facebook.com/CentralCityColorado/photos/pb.348016745272.-2207520000.1527179810./10160374469575273/?type=3&theater
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Phase 1 - Complete!!
The facade of the building has been reinforced. Planning to start work on phase 2 - foundation, wall and roof repair. Hope to start that work in the Spring of 2017. The donations keep rolling in from the collection box in the Visitor Center. Every little bit helps. Thanks for your support.
Part of the new facade bracing.
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Raised by 19 people in 42 months
Created February 8, 2016
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15 days ago
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Hannah Finch
8 months ago

Kathy Heider gave us an amazing tour!

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15 months ago
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22 months ago
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23 months ago
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Ann Karl
29 months ago

I spent weekends and singers as a child in central city and want to see it preserved.

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