Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center Theatre Celebrates Grand Opening, Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

After more than a year of renovations, Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center Theatre opens its doors to the Fort Collins and campus communities Aug. 24. The opening kicks off the Lory Student Center’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a performance from CSU’s a cappella group, the Resonant Ramblings, followed by a 7 p.m. showing of The Avengers.

An opening reception also will take place in the Lory Student Center’s Curfman Gallery from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., and showcase a historical snapshot of the Lory Student Center with its new exhibit, “Our Visual History: 50 Years of Art in the Lory Student Center.” The reception will have light refreshments and opportunities to meet with artists and gallery staff.

“The Lory Student Center Theatre has a rich and storied history in hosting a variety of arts programs for CSU and Fort Collins, and while its role and purpose has changed in responding to students’ needs, it will continue to serve our community in important ways by serving as a gathering place for campus celebrations, programs and events,” said Mike Ellis, executive director of the Lory Student Center.

The Lory Student Center Theatre began construction in the summer of 2011 and opened only one year later. The new theatre incorporates more flexibility for events by having a flat floor and expandable seating, allowing for more concerts, ballroom banquets and receptions, as well as events requiring tiered seating. Additions to the building include bathrooms, a new green room and a small catering service.

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