How Many Of You Remember This Place Growing Up In Colorado?

Celebrity Sports Center was a family-oriented entertainment business and landmark in metropolitan Denver. Celebrity’s was located in Glendale, Colorado at 888 South Colorado Boulevard near East Kentucky Avenue. It opened in 1960 and operated continuously for 34 years before closing in 1994. The original investors included Walt Disney, his brother Roy, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, George Burns, Charles Laughton, Burl Ives, Art Linkletter, John Payne, Spike Jones and Jim and Marion Jordan (Fibber McGee and Molly).

There are some sources that suggest Walt Disney Company used the business as a training facility for its employees prior to deployment to Disney World.

Walt Disney and the original investors built the Celebrity’s complex at a cost of $6 million. The bowling lanes opened first in 1960 and the rest of the center opened in 1961.

In 1979, a group of private investors led by Bob Leavitt and Neil Griffin purchased Celebrity’s for $1.9 million. The three signature water slides that were visible from outside of the building were added after Leavitt/Griffin purchase.

In the early 1990s, Celebrity’s was losing money and apparently in need of significant maintenance. In 1994, the complex was sold to Acquisition Corporation of the Rockies for $10.8 million, a subsidiary of Trammell Crow Company.[2][5] The new owner demolished Celebrity’s by March 1995. Today the 7.1-acre site is a Home Depot store and retail space.

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Jackie Korb
Jackie Korb

I remember it. We bowled there a few times Once time we saw Walt Disney meeting with someone.

Jd Callicutt
Jd Callicutt

Hmmmm, I seem to remember dropping acid in the 80's and going to the haunted house there........ Or maybe not....

Marjorie Wilder
Marjorie Wilder

Amazing place I loved that they would close off at night and have special groups come in to enjoy it. They had amazing all night gatherings.

Anne Ottosen
Anne Ottosen

I spent many afternoons there. Swimming, bowling and games. I think there may have been skating. I remember they played good music

Carolyn Forbes
Carolyn Forbes

One of the best places Denver ever had, fun for all ages, and a wonderful place for our youth, and helped to keep them out of trouble. It was one of Denver's greatest losses!

Jody Tabura
Jody Tabura

Sharon Shaw-medendorp. Lots of great memories here!!

Sean Higgins
Sean Higgins

Brian Montoya Brian Lorenzi you remember?

Benjamin Dallet
Benjamin Dallet

Haha oh man Jeffrey weren't we just talking about this the other day?

Jeffrey Dallet
Jeffrey Dallet

Yeah looking back it was kind of older and run down. Awesome none the less...

Jeffrey Dallet
Jeffrey Dallet

Haha yeah totally! The dolphin barracuda and the shark...

Benjamin Dallet
Benjamin Dallet

80 lanes... I remember that bowling alley being pretty shady in the 90's hahaha

Wayne Lee Morris
Wayne Lee Morris

Love that place ! All my family Fun Place ! Remember COOPER THEATER !

Robin Olinger Tilton
Robin Olinger Tilton

Well, I grew up there until I ran away from home at the age of 43...never ONCE did I hear it called "Celebrity's"

Richard Criley
Richard Criley

Who could forget!!!! Evergreen Junior High field trips.

Stacey Giffey
Stacey Giffey

This was by far THE BEST entertainment complex I've ever encountered. The pool was amazing. I remember playing video games and then going swimming. I still dream about this place. Good times!

Charles E. Harper
Charles E. Harper

I Worked at that place what became the Hereafter restaurant and lounge.

Nathan Espinoza
Nathan Espinoza

Yep, I almost drown in that pool. Some random guy saw I was in trouble and helped me. :)

Lora Bales Virgil
Lora Bales Virgil

My mother worked there as a swimming instructor. Every year at Christmas she got a card from Walt Disney. MAN I wish I had those cards now.

John Freyer
John Freyer

Ray Freyer used to run his slot cars there❤

Regina Johnson
Regina Johnson

I actually ran across a box I have not opened in years. I found several of the tickets you would win from the games. Guess I will be cashing them in. LOL

Susan Olson Stamp
Susan Olson Stamp

I was bowling there as a kid and one day Walt Disney walked through!

Kerrin Oday
Kerrin Oday

We were there almost every weekend! Graduated South High 1987!

Laura Vigil
Laura Vigil

And fun times with family and friends\U0001f917\U0001f600

Laura Vigil
Laura Vigil

This was the place to be when you was 16, a lot of memories anf

Mitch Lewis
Mitch Lewis

Wonderful place. Don't I remember slot car racing there also ? Super cool fun there !!

Cindera Haas
Cindera Haas

My parents bowled every week. Swam a lot. Lived near cherry creek shopping center. It was close. Had a few sundaes there as well

Tammy Ramirez
Tammy Ramirez

Spent lots of good times there with my family.

RichardWalz
RichardWalz

Got banned for life in the 80's for stealing tickets out of a open ski ball machine....lol

Don Cauleen Wrightam
Don Cauleen Wrightam

Remember well.. But your Page goes directly to Colo, t -shirts every time fix please! Other people too..

Pat Johnson
Pat Johnson

Bowled 20+ games, played billiards for 3 hours, and went swimming for better than 2 hours, along with lunch....all in the same day!!!!! Had a blast!!!!

Lisa Bork
Lisa Bork

Nadine McGee, I spaced this. We also drove by what we were told was one of Disney's old houses in Cherry Hills when I was like 16 with a friend. Darn guest house was bigger than anything I'd ever seen...

Jacqueline Martinez
Jacqueline Martinez

I grew up a few miles from it near University Hospital. Only went once though :)

Marian Rizza
Marian Rizza

Spent a lot of time there. Great memories!