Monday, March 19, 2018

Chateau Motor Lodge

The old Chateau Motor Lodge sign on Pinterest. Looks like it is resting comfortably in someone’s living room. The former Chateau Motor Lodge at 8300 East Colfax Avenue at Valentia Street in Denver. Now the former Motel is the Orlando’s Apartments. (courtesy East Colfax NBHD)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Motel DeVille

Artist's rendering of the Motel DeVille, at Colfax Avenue and Galapago Street.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Colorado Children's Book Festival

Less a performance-oriented event than a celebration of childhood reading, this inaugural fest — sponsored by the mighty Tattered Cover book stores — zeroes in on middle grade books and authors, but subsequent years will include picture books, according to organizers. With its partners at OMG BookFest! this free gathering brings games, activities, readings and meetings to the Tattered Cover on East Colfax Avenue. Authors include David Bowles, Julia DeVillers, Stuart Gibbs, Shannon Hale, Varian Johnson, Sarah Mlynowski, Brandon Mull, Lauren Myracle, Courtney Sheinmel and many others. May 19,

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Vintage Theatre presents Bullets Over Broadway

Vintage Theatre presents
Bullets Over Broadway the Musical
by Woody Allen
Directed by John Ashton

April 13 through May 27, 2018

This musical comedy hit is loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the '20s roar!  Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features existing hits from the 1920s, including "Let's Misbehave," "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do" "Up a Lazy River" and "There's a New Day Comin'!"

Vintage Theatre presents the Regional Premiere of  Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” April 13 through May 27. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and Monday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Tickets are $19 - $38 and available online at or by calling 303-856-7830.

David Shayne is a straight-arrow playwright who plans to stand firm against compromising his work but quickly abandons that stance when his producer finds a backer to mount his show on Broadway. There's just one catch, however: the backer is a mobster who sees Shayne's play as a vehicle for his ditzy, talent-free girlfriend. Throw in an aging diva, a savant hit-man and a bevy of beautiful chorus girls, and this is one Broadway show that is sure to knock 'em dead. 

The cast includes Mary McGroary (Helen Sinclair), Damon Geurrasio(David Shayne), TJ Hogle (Cheech), Maggie Tisdale (Eden Brent), Michael O’Shea (Warner Purcell), John Gleason (Nick Valenti), Colby Dunn (Ellen), Adrianne Hampton (Olive Neal), Bernie Cardell (Julian Marx) and ensemble members James Bloom, Gabe Morales, John Mackey, Jenny Mather, Joe Lozano, Cara Lippit, Mike Martinkus, Keri Emswiller, Jessica Clayton, Court Clark, Kristine Bachicha, and Kaitlyn Althoff.

"Woody" Allen is an American filmmaker, writer, actor, comedian, and musician whose career spans more than six decades. He began his career at 15 years old as a comedy writer and since has received many accolades and honors. He has won four Academy Awards: three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director. He also garnered ten British Academy Film Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. In 2011, PBS televised the film biography Woody Allen: A Documentary on the American Masters TV series. In 2014 Woody Allen was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

Vintage Theatre
“Bullets Over Broadway”
A musical comedy loaded with colorful characters and songs that made the '20s roar! 
Apr. 13 – May 27
Fri/Sat and Mon. Apr. 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2:30 p.m.
$19 - $38 or 303-856-7830.
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Dr. Seuss' Piano

Saw this in Civic Center Park, and thought the Whos were back from Whoville...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Building Civic Center Park

The Greek Theater in Civic Center Park while still under construction. (photo courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Collection)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Pioneer Monument

The Pioneer Monument, at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Broadway in Denver, Colorado.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Cage in Search of a Bird

by Tom Fesing

The CBS television series “Route 66” was filmed in Denver on June 30, 1963. In the episode “A Cage In Search Of A Bird” Tod and Linc are in Denver, Colorado and become involved in the story of a gangster that helped commit the Great Mint Robbery on December 17, 1922. A robbery of $200,000 in five-dollar bills from the Federal Reserve Bank being stored at the Denver Mint. The robber, never caught is now an old man. 
In the episode there are great 1963 shots of Denver, Colfax Avenue, Historic US Route 40, 16th Street, Capitol Hill Neighborhood and the following:
1. El Rancho Restaurant on US 40.
2. The Tepees on US 40.
3. Rooftop view of 17th Ave from the Cosmopolitan Hotel across from the Brown Palace Hotel.
4. Colorado National Bank Interior.
5. Old Denver Bus Station.
6. Pioneer Sculpture on Colfax Avenue.
7. The Denver Mint on Colfax.
8. Gotham Hotel (now apts) at Grant and 12th.
9. Stapleton Airfield terminal and control tower.
10. Downtown strip club.
11. The Gold Nugget Tap Room & Elite Liquors at Larimer and 16th.
12. Paramount Theater at 16th & California.
13. May D&F & Putt-Putt golf on 16th Street.
14. Scotch & Sirloin Restaurant at the Gotham Hotel on Grant and 12th Avenue.
15. Square dancing at City Park pavilion.
16. Rocky Mountain News on Colfax.
17. Tabor Theater.
18. JC Penny’s on 16th.
You can watch the episode here, although mislabeled, it is “A Cage In Search Of A Bird.”

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wolf's Restaurant & Lounge

Love this shirt from the Aurora History Museum Collection...Wolf's Restaurant & Lounge, at 15691 E. Colfax Avenue. Still there today!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dale's Blarney Castle

Another coupon I wish I could still use, but expired in the early 1980's...

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Johnny Cash Birthday Bash at the Owl Saloon

Join us Saturday, February 24, 2018, for a celebration of Johnny Cash's Birthday at The Owl Saloon at 5026 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver. The Man in Blackhawk (Jonny Barber) will re-create the Live at Folsom Prison album in its' entirety, which came out 50 years ago this year! Show starts at 9:00pm.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Home of Schuyler Colfax

Home of Schuyler Colfax, Vice President of the U.S., under Ulysses Grant, at corner of Market St. (now Colfax Ave.) and Taylor St. in South Bend, Indiana. Demolished.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Stanley Aviation

The crew at Stanley Aviation. Robert Stanley invented and perfected the ejection seat not too far from East Colfax!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

West Colfax Farm Dairy

Old bottle from the West Colfax Farm Dairy, once at 5536 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, CO.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hanna's Super Shell

Hanna's Super Shell, 9445 E. Colfax at Clinton St.

Photo by Tom Fesing
 Hanna's Today.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Smiley's Dry Cleaners

Man, I wish I could still use this coupon! Sure miss the World's Largest Laundromat...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dog n Suds Drive-In

1970 photos of the Dog n Suds Drive-In at 7315 East Colfax Avenue. Thanks to David Hosticka for sending these in!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Yucca - A Bit of Old Mexico

Here are three images from The Yucca, taken before 1947. Left to right those pictured are: Frank D. A. Clark, Frances Steele, James C (Torchy) Steele, Joseph C. Steele, and Margaret C. Clark. All in the photo are deceased. Joe Steele was my dad. Frances was his first wife, and Torchy, their son. (courtesy Larry Steele)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Streets of London Pub

Streets of London is Colfax Avenue's neighborhood Punk Rock Bar, located at 1501 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver.

Friday, February 9, 2018

alt-J coming to The Fillmore Auditorium

Special Guest NoMBe
Fillmore Auditorium
Saturday, April 7
Showtime 8:00 pm / Doors 7:00 pm

alt-J announces a headlining tour of North America starting on April 7 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. The tour includes festival stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Firefly and Mountain Jam.
A show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY will mark the largest venue the band has headlined in North America. That show will also feature a surround speaker system, using immersive hyperrealism technology, to envelope the entire audience in an incredible surround sound experience.
On top of touring, alt-J are currently at work with various collaborators on a re-interpretation of their most recent album Relaxer. More news on this album coming soon. 

ABOUT alt-J:
alt-J are Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green.  Their first album An Awesome Wave won the prestigious Mercury Prize in the UK and sold Gold in the US and Canada.  Their second album, This Is All Yours received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative album was certified Gold by the RIAA in the US. The band’s third album Relaxer was released in June, 2017. 

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 – 3000.  
Tickets are $53.75 GA ADV and $59.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.  

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Chicken Box

Photo courtesy the Aurora History Museum
This photo is of the Chicken Box at 10305 E. Colfax Avenue in Aurora. There was also a location at 7785 W. Colfax Avenue in Lakewood.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

Blue Onion Bar

The Blue Onion Bar located at 8615 East Colfax opened in 1947. Photo courtesy John Fuchs.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Nissim Catan's Turkish Bazaar

This is a picture of Nissim Catan's store in NYC, just before he moved to Denver in 1906. Charley's great-grandfather is Nissim Catan and he's on the left. I'm not sure who the guy with the killer hat and mustache is on the right.

In 1906, he opened at store at 536 West Colfax Avenue in Denver. (sent in by Charley Clinkenbeard)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Jerry's Nite Club

What’s the best way to beat the winter blues? How about dining and dancing at a new club in Aurora? This is an advertisement for the grand opening of Jerry’s Nite Club from the January 22, 1937 edition of the “Aurora Democrat” newspaper. Located at 9758 E. Colfax Ave in the former Hollywood Theater building, the owner decided to dress up the existing Jerry’s Café with some new décor and entertainment and invited the whole community out to see the updates. Come find out more about Jerry’s and other early Aurora restaurants in the exhibit, “US 40 and the American Road Trip,” now on display at the Aurora History Museum!