I've got a theory on why the Colorado Springs City Auditorium
seems to have a hard time drawing private and government support for a much-needed renovation: the name.
Call this columned beauty That Greek Place
; or Palmer's Palace
; or just the tried-and-true Thunderdome
, and I bet you would have citizen groups lining up to proclaim themselves Friends of the Pikes Peak Palladium
I mean, just check out
how the Colorado Springs Civil League
described the need for such a facility almost 100 years ago: It would add "everything that pertained to better city housekeeping, better social conditions, and more intelligent conduct of city affairs."
Bleh. Where's the rock? Where's the passion?
And now, where's the money? I mean, you're telling me that Bill Hybl
couldn't call up Steve Bartolin
to tell him to call up David Jenkins
to tell him to call up Scott Blackmun
to tell him to call up Mayor Steve Bach
to tell him to get a crony on the line to pony up some cash? You want a City for Champions? How about starting by fixing what's broken?
Then, fine, we'll just do it on our own. From noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, the City Auditorium is celebrating its 90th birthday. Admission is free, and gets you dancing, drinks, desserts and a damn good venue. So, for all that, donate.
As the flier announcing the event says, "Bring your family and friends to the Historic City Auditorium that was dedicated with these words: 'For the Use of the People and the Glory of the City.'"