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Moving on to programming the New Ute

The interior demolition of the New Ute building is well under way. Using Commonwealth Title’s parking lot as the staging area has made the whole process easier on other nearby businesses and city streets.

A wonderful benefit of the demolition process is that the old theater screen can now be used to show movies in Centennial Park for First Friday. Last week was well attended in spite of the rain, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. If you have an idea for an old movie that seems appropriate for such a venue, let us know. We will get it to First Friday folks for consideration.

Now for the fun part! As the demolition and reconstruction progresses, we will be working on actual programming ideas. We are excited to be trying to put together a real schedule. The New Ute Events Center should be able to accommodate many different functions and programs, so we are asking for your suggestions for what you would most like to attend in the months after it opens. Many performance groups are already looking longingly toward opening, but there are many other possibilities. Let us know what you want to see or attend in the facility. We will look forward to hearing from you and all ideas will be given consideration.



In the meantime, enjoy the summer concerts at Centennial Park and the Bookcliffs Arts Council Park, First Fridays and all the other wonderful activities available in the out-of-doors here in Rifle.



Elizabeth Stuver is a board member of the New Ute Theatre Society. For information about the events center project, call (970) 414-0834, follow us on Twitter @NewUteEvents, Facebook: The New Ute Events Center or utetheater.com. Mailing address is P.O. Box 907, Rifle, CO 81650.


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