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New Ute theater takes home award

The New Ute Events Center in downtown Rifle can accommodate as many as 310 people for many kinds of events and performances.

The New Ute Events Center in downtown Rifle can accommodate as many as 310 people for many kinds of events and performances.

Glenwood Springs wasn’t Garfield County’s only winner of a 2014 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence.

Rifle’s New Ute Events Center won “Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation” from Downtown Colorado Inc.

The New Ute Theatre Society, or NUTS, a local nonprofit group helped the City of Rifle acquire and remodel the former 1940s-era movie theater. The remodeling was unveiled in May and the venue has hosted a sold-out concert featuring the cowboy comedy music group Riders In the Sky.

The remodeling project, which included $135,000 worth of exterior work in 2011, an $85,000 grant to remove asbestos, along with city and other funds was completed for just under $1.7 million.

The center’s programming ranges from films and concerts to school plays and musicals.