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Denver hosts Mayan artifacts, reopens Mayan-style theater.

Denver hosts Mayan artifacts, reopens Mayan-style theater

On display now through August 17 at the Denver Museum of Natural History, some 300 artifacts make up "Cenote of Sacrifice: Maya Treasures from the Sacred Well of Chichen Itzd." Thrown into a limestone sinkhole (cenote) on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula from about A.D. 650 to 1525, these sacrificial objects were recov

ered in the early 1900s.

Intended as gifts to the gods of rain and water (chacs), the items represent some of the Mayans' finest handiwork. They include jade plaques, hammered gold pendants, and wooden spear-throwing tools. The museum, in City Park at Colorado and Montview boulevards, is open 9 to 5 daily. Admission is $3.50, $1.50 for seniors and children 4 through 12.

For a glimpse of a modern interpretation of Mayan art, drop by Denver's Mayan Theatre, which is scheduled to reopen and begin showing movies by late summer. An outstanding example of Mayan revival architecture, this old movie palace is recognized as one of the finest examples of its style, an offshoot of art deco.

The reopening marks the end of a twoyear battle by Friends of the Mayan Theatre and others to save the 1930s theater from the wrecking ball. The movie house, renovated as three smaller theaters, will show foreign and first-run films. For a schedule, call the Esquire Theatre, (303) 733-5237. The theater, at 110 Broadway, is in a somewhat rundown area.
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