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Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Beautifully located on a hillside just one mile north of the Historic Olde Town is the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Encompassing 144,000 square feet of theater, gallery and classroom space, the Arvada Center is one of the largest multidisciplinary arts venues in the nation. Over 350,000 visitors a year enjoy the many amenities of this wonderful facility.

The Center offers year-round performing arts programs across three venues. The Center produces four musicals, three plays and two children’s plays annually. All the Arvada Center plays and musicals are created right at the center, making it the one of only two professional theaters of its kind in Colorado. The Center also hosts special engagements by a variety of performing artists throughout the year.

The 526-seat Main Stage Theater is nationally recognized for its award-winning Broadway musicals. The 226-seat Black Box Theater is an intimate venue presenting the best in comedy and drama.

The Arvada Center Children’s Theater is well known for offering families high-quality entertainment. The plays, based on popular children’s books and familiar stories, are enjoyed by theater patrons of all ages. The Center also offers over 900 educational classes in all arts disciplines and camps in spring and summer.

Summer at the Center hosts 25+ concerts annually in its 1,600-seat outdoor amphitheater, featuring national touring acts, regional dance and music groups performing under the stars. The amphitheater offers both covered and lawn seating. Bring a picnic or buy a meal at the full-service concession area and settle in for an evening of pure entertainment!

The galleries at the Arvada Center have earned national prestige and respect for their dedication to exhibiting Colorado and Western U.S. artists. Spread throughout the Center in three distinctive galleries, the stunning visual art is accessible for all visitors to enjoy. Many of the pieces are available for purchase and are a great way to add to your personal collection! The galleries are free and open to the public daily.

Dozens of sculptures are displayed throughout the Center, both inside and outdoors. Perhaps the most recognizable is Squiggles, a colorful 343-foot-long concrete “seasaurus” who resides in the Center’s interactive sculpture park and play area. It is designed for creative play for children of all abilities and is fully accessible to individuals with mobility issues.

Want to learn more about Arvada’s heritage? The Arvada Center houses a history museum featuring artifacts from the collection of the Arvada Historical Society. The exhibits bring local and regional history to life by displaying the heritage and development of Arvada and the Old West.

Make the Arvada Center part of your visit. For more information including the latest shows and gallery exhibitions, go to or call 720-898-7200.

Arvada Center Main Entrance

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