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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