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Grand Junction Palomino Inn
2400 North Ave.
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
Grand Junction is the largest city on Colorado's Western Slope, and serves as a hub for transportation and shipping between Denver and Salt Lake City. The population of the Grand Junction, according to the 2010 Census, is 146,723. The name Grand Junction ... more
City of Grand Junction
Chair of Tourism Committee
The Avalon Theatre has drawn 88,000 people this year, in its first year after a nearly $10 million remodel.
The venue made nearly $58,000 this year, which is a turnaround from years of operating in the red.
Kovalik said councilors have yet to give direction on how they would like to see the venue operate in the future.
"We'd love to have more input from council," Kovalik said.
For years, Kovalik and the bureau have promoted such events, and the region is now starting to see crowds return to the Grand Valley to attend them.
"We are seeing a really strong increase in business coming in here just in the last three months," said Kovalik, adding that most hotels in the valley were hanging their "no vacancy" signs this weekend.
In years past, the city of Grand Junction subsidized operations at the city-owned Avalon, anywhere between $20,000 to $80,000 a year.
The theater lost $80,000 in 2008, before Kovalik took over operations and changed the business model away from the Cinema at the Avalon.
Reserve Bank of Australia
Budget Rent a Car Corporation
Dr. Christina Kovalik