29th Apr, 2012

Top-Notch Entertainment within Summit County Real Estate

Full-time and seasonal residents of Rocky Mountain Colorado real estate in Summit County’s and towns and resorts soon discover the smorgasbord of top-notch shows by the Lake Dillon Theatre and Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge.  These two theaters boast a fantastic reputation for bringing out-of-towners to their productions.  Guest patrons mingle with residents of Keystone and Breckenridge CO homes and condominiums long with Silverthorne, Dillon and Frisco Colorado real estate.

So, the search is on for a new Summit County home for the troupe.  Executive Director Josh Blanchard told the Summit Daily News (04/21/2012), “The last five years, the Lake Dillon Theatre has seen some explosive growth.  We are at three-quarters of a million-dollar operation in that tiny little building.”

Recently, the Dillon Venue set out to expand because the buzz is bigger than its 51- to 70-seat Lake Dillon Theatre on Lake Dillon Drive.  Estimated lost revenue is $40,000-$50,000 annually from insufficient space.  In 2010, more than 1,000 theatergoers were turned away from the production of the musical “Hair.”

Over the past five years contributions and income to the theatre have increased substantially.  In 2007, they totaled $677,299.  The projected 2012 figures total $1,199,446.

The Denver Post Newspaper awarded Lake Dillon Theatre the “Best Season by a Colorado Theatre Company” in 2010.  The free advertising inspired residents of the Front Range cities to drive up to Summit County; they bought 19 percent of last year’s tickets.  Another 6 percent came from around the state of Colorado and 29 percent were from out of state.  Amazingly, 65 percent of these visitors came specifically to attend performances at Lake Dillon Theatre.

Dillon Town Council met with Josh Blanchard about a week and a half ago.  A partnership with the town could assist the growing theater to collect more revenue and higher additional staff.  The organization needs a development professional to help manage growth.  Possibilities for larger space include La Riva Mall and all proposals will be discussed at the Council’s meeting on Tuesday, May 1.

Many accolades from the Denver Post over the years have also gone to Breckenridge Theatre’s Backstage Theatre.  The nonprofit won three 2012 Marlowe awards.  Colorado Theatre Guild awarded Backstage as a 2010 Outstanding Regional Theater.

For information about buying real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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