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Celebrity Sports Center (colloquially, CSC or Celebrity's) was a family entertainment center in Glendale, Colorado, that operated from 1960 to 1994. Celebrity was named so for its celebrity investors, which included Jack Benny, George Burns, Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Spike Jones, Jim and Marian Jordan, Charles Laughton, Art Linkletter, John Payne, and chiefly, Roy and Walt Disney. The property cost $6 million to build. In 1962, the property was fully acquired by Walt Disney Productions. It was the first Disney entertainment property to be built outside of Disneyland, which opened in Anaheim, California, in 1955, and was later used to train prospective cast members for the then-new Walt Disney World Resort, which opened in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in 1971. Disney divested itself of Celebrity's to a group of private investors led by Bob Leavitt and Neil Griffin for $1.9 million in 1979. The property closed in 1994, and was demolished in 1995 to make way for a shopping center anchored by a Home Depot store.

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Celebrity Sports Center opened in 1960 with 80-lane bowling alley, later joined over the years by a billiards room, an Olympic-sized pool, a billiards room, a full service restaurant, a Hofbrau bar, bumper cars, a shooting gallery, and a series of water slides (added after Disney's sale to Leavitt and Griffin). The center hosted the 1991 Celebrity Denver Open on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, televised on ESPN. The center's landmark parking lot sign was of a similar design to that of Disneyland's own 1959 sign along Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim. Under Disney's ownership, Celebrity's employees were members of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom Club, granting them free admission to Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

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