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Science Fiction Land could have been Aurora's biggest tourist trap, if its backers weren't crooks

7 years ago by Melanie Asmar
Tomorrow, the Colorado Economic Development Commission will hold its first public hearing on the six projects vying for big-bucks sales-tax rebates under the state's Regional Tourism Act. They include a 1,500-room hotel and conference center in Aurora. The hotel would be the city's biggest tourism draw -- a distinction that,...
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Argo has roots in Aurora's ill-fated Science Fiction Land

The movie Argo, which stars Ben Affleck as a mustached CIA agent named Tony Mendez, tells the little-known, mostly true story of how Mendez rescued six American embassy workers hiding in Iran; the workers had evaded capture by Islamist militants, who held 52 of their co-workers hostage for 444 days...
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Argo is as hot as Science Fiction Land might have been

Ben Affleck's Argo surprised some film critics by taking home the Best Drama and Best Director awards at the Golden Globes last Sunday. The movie tells the little-known, mostly true 1970s story of how CIA agent Tony Mendez rescued six American embassy workers hiding from the Islamist militants who had...
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Bong slide! Our top five ideas for Aurora's Gaylord Rockies Hotel water park

6 years ago by Jonathan Shikes
Last week, the Houston-based company that plans to develop an 85-acre, 1,500-room hotel and convention center in Aurora, near Denver International Airport, revealed that it would like to add a gigantic, $25 million indoor-outdoor water park to the project. RIDA Development Corporation, which took the project over from Gaylord Entertainment...
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Argo's fake movie started out real, and was supposed to include a theme park in...Aurora?

7 years ago by Melanie Asmar
Science Fiction Land could have been huge. Proposed in 1979, the idea was to build a huge theme park in Aurora with a holographic zoo and a 1,000-lane bowling alley attended by robots. The park was to also serve as the set of a $50 million sci-fi flick called Lord...
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Top 10 Films of 2016? Bilge Ebiri Says It Was More Like 20

3 years ago by Bilge Ebiri
I was fortunate enough this year to be at both Sundance and Cannes, so it was something like agony for me to watch the litany of critics and commentators who spent the summer and early fall complaining about the year in film — all while movies such as Manchester by...
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The Ten Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

5 years ago by Backbeat
After a slow week following the New Year's Eve festivities, this weekend brings a solid slate of shows to Denver. The Colorado Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony is tonight, and you've got two chances to see the legendary Rosanne Cash. The rest of our picks follow! See also: Ten...
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Aurora's not exactly a tourist trap, but you might just visit it anyway

8 years ago by Melanie Asmar
Aurora, Colorado, is not a place you'd pick for your weekend getaway. There's nothing breathtaking about the pawn shops, thrift stores and hair salons that line Colfax Avenue, once the Denver suburb's main drag. Aurora isn't an iconic ski destination, either; there are no mountains here, no Heidi Klum or...
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Best of Westword Winners From 1988

12 years ago by Sean Cronin
In 1988, Westword published its fifth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Band (the Subdudes, just going national) to the Best Hungry Young Band (Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long before they started singing Hillary Clinton’s song) to the Best...
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Baseball's Treasured Orb

17 years ago by Bill Gallo
When I was a kid, my father had a friend named Morris Kleinman, an elegant, witty lawyer with a passion for tailor-made suits, Bombay martinis on the stem and the New York Yankees. Renowned as a tiger in the courtroom, Mr. Kleinman was an indulgent and generous man outside the...

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