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I got caught "popping credits" in the Spy Hunter machine there on two different occasions. Good times...

Ah, the digital age version of tilting the pinball machine. I'm guessing you weren't the first to do it. Thanks for reminiscing with us!

I spent so much time at Celebrity while growing up in Denver, mostly in the pool. There was a bleach foot bath you had to walk through to get from the locker rooms to the pool...pretty gross. The showers were freezing. You'd get tickets for playing a lot of the games and turn them in for crappy prizes. IT WAS AMAZING.

Hi Dana. I don't remember the foot bath, but that does sounds unpleasant. The prizes were pretty lousy, but it was so much fun to "shop" and take something plastic home! Despite being pretty kitschy (or perhaps because of it), it was indeed amazing!

Me, too!

I used to go to Celebrity to bowl in the late '60s. They had a deal in the summertime, on weekdays (or maybe it was just one designated day per week, I forget) you'd pay one price and you could bowl all you wanted all day long. Mom would drop us off in the morning and come pick us up in the afternoon.

A friend reminded me that KIMN radio used to do live broadcasts from the pool area.

Hi Jude. Sounds like a fun childhood, a whole day to hang out "just us kids" at Celebrity! And yes, some of the sources I reviewed mentioned live radio broadcasts. Thanks for sharing!

I worked at the Celebrity Sports Center... It was one of the best jobs ever. I have great memories of that place. The best thing about it for me was the people that worked there. It was an awesome group of people, people that I am still in touch with today. I made lifelong friends there. It saddened me when I heard of it shutting down.
I for one am very proud to be a part of Denver (and Celebrity Sports Center) history.


Hi Tracy. That would be an awesome job! You weren't alone in your sadness: I think we all mourned a loss of childhood and fun when Celebrity closed.

Thank you for this piece. It's sad that a place that loomed so large in the imagination and even in childhood dreams is so completely gone from reality. Those bowling lanes seemed to go on forever. The water slides and haunted shooting gallery were my favorite attractions.


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