Theater news: Vintage completes $1 million purchase

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By John Moore

The 11-year-old Vintage Theatre has completed the nearly $1 million purchase of its new home in Aurora, and immediately announced plans to expand its programming, performance spaces and collaborations with other local companies.

Vintage has purchased the 190-seat theater complex at 1468 Dayton St., originally opened in 2008 as the Shadow Theatre and most recently known as the Dayton Street Theatre, from Cornerstone Equity of Aurora. Vintage took occupancy in April, and is currently offering “The Inspector General” on a mainstage theater that is about to get some company.

The two-part epic “The Cider House Rules,” playing on alternating nights, will christen an accompanying new 70-seat studio theater on Sept. 7. The new space has been carved out of what used to be backstage rehearsal and banquet rooms. Artistic director and co-founder Craig Bond also plans to offer live, late-night cabaret entertainment on a new raised stage in the theater’s existing lobby. A liquor license hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.  Comedy and live music programming begins there Aug. 24.

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Theatre on Broadway to become Matthew Morris hair salon

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By John Moore

Theatre on Broadway, the iconic home for Denver’s former long-running gay theater company Theatre Group, is slated to become the new home of the trendy Matthew Morris hair and skincare salon. The salon will soon be moving from its present location three blocks south to 13 S. Broadway. Construction on the long-dormant TOB home, which shares the corner lot on Ellsworth Avenue behind the hi-dive rock club, is well underway.

Morris has purchased the site from controversial club owner Regas Christou. The grand opening is scheduled for October.

The former Theatre on Broadway is set to become a Matthew Morris hair and skin salon. Design by Studio Collaborative.

Theatre Group died a painful and protracted death after 37 years that began in earnest with the company leaving TOB in May 2007, its landowner claiming the group was $19,000 behind in rent. Eventually, Theatre Group sold its second space at the Phoenix Theatre (which it owned), and a short go as a tenant at what is now Su Teatro’s Denver Civic Theatre ended in 2008 with Theatre Group’s eviction.

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