We're so glad that demo never happened, as it did to the Aladdin and other Denver movie palaces. The Mayan, returned to its former movie-palace glory by Landmark Theatres, turns eighty this week, and as the chain's city manager, Dave Kimball, notes, Landmark has been very good to the Mayan. Eighty years ago this week it was built, and there have been so many great films here over the years, he continues. But it's also been through some rocky times, too, and then it was saved by the community. Many friendships have been formed here, wedding proposals have been made here, and weddings have even been performed. So much has happened in these walls and you can throw in a few spirits here and there, too.
To celebrate the theater's history and its new life as a contemporary art-film venue, the public is invited to tonight's Mayan Theatre 80th Anniversary Party, which begins with a pre-party with drink specials at 6 p.m. The main event will be a screening of The Wizard of Oz, but not before a string of dedications and festivities, including a costume contest and live music by jazz/blues vocalist Jesse Garland. Afterward, the party moves across the street to the Hornet, where ticket-holders will be offered deals.
The cost? A quarter, just like in the old days. If you come in costume, it's free. For crying out loud, bring the family. For advance tickets, call 303-744-6799 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com/market/denver/mayantheatre.htm.
Tue., Nov. 30, 6-11 p.m., 2010