By Kyle Harris, Westword | Back in June, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment indefinitely shut down Beta Event Center, the latest incarnation of the once-world-famous club at 1909 Blake Street. In the weeks since, people have broken into the closed club and stolen liquor, according to current owner Valentes Corleons. The future was looking bleak, but he held on, trying to persuade the city to give him another chance. Finally, this week, the city has allowed him get back to business.
Lights will be on, DJs Squizzy Taylor and Hollywood Cook will be spinning, and a hundred people will be there for the sold-out reopening of Beta on Saturday, August 29.
The club, which was a staple of Denver’s EDM scene for eleven years, was shut down by the original owners, including Bradley Roulier, in January 2019, not long after 33-year-old patron Jacob Morton reportedly died of an overdose outside the club. After Roulier failed to sell the space, he announced he would reopen that spring as Beta 2.0. After several bumps with construction and city codes, it finally opened last fall.
Corleons, who has opened other venues in town, purchased the club after that and ruffled feathers when he brought it back, as the Beta Event Center, with more hip-hop.
Then the coronavirus came to Colorado and shut down the city in March. Beta reopened in June, and a week later the city ordered the club closed after videos surfaced of multiple guests and staff not wearing masks. …
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For more information about Beta’s upcoming nights and to make reservations, go to the Beta Event Center website: https://www.betanightclub.com/
1909 Blake Street, Denver | 720-999-3802
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[Thank you to Alex Teitz, http://www.femmusic.com, for contributing this article.]