We had the good fortune of connecting with Ben Mozer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ben, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always thought that Cinema was the collision point between all the art forms. So for a movie theater to break apart and feature each medium seemed like a natural evolution to me. So now that the movie industry is in a tail spin, it really helps to be able to have events centered around music, painting, mixed media, performance and dance.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I can definitively say there is nothing like The Lyric in the world. I’ve looked. The physical programming of the space is completely unique, with an 40′ outdoor screen with a full sized stage and sound system, three indoor theaters, also equipped for live music and multi-media events, a bar, restaurant and some of the best nooks in Colorado. And our event programming is even more unique, with art installations and emersive events, live music daily, independent and even large Hollywood films. I think it’s important for businesses to stand out and solve problems, but I’ve never been very competitive. So finding a very specific niche, specifically dozens of different niches, allows me to help cater to people who have been left out and not have to compete for crowds like a Cinemark or regular concert venue might.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Horsetooth reservoir is one of the strangest landscapes I’ve ever seen, so that’s always a must. Odell’s patio is probably the best patio in down, outside of The Lyric’s patio (not to brag). Anywhere in old town, because it so quaint and adorable, but specifically Wolverine Farm because if their uniqueness as well. The Poudre River trial is always a nice way to get around if your biking up from the Swing Station, which is also a must.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I guess I’d give a lot of credit to everyone around me. From my wife and business councilor Elizabeth, to my current Art Czar Ryan Guillaume. A lot of people have contributed to this place in important, fundamental ways. I think of this as a community effort, whether it be painting a mural on our wall or helping create an event. No one person can do it all. I’m inspired by a community that can entertain itself, and not rely on Hollywood or New York to determine what you think is fun or cool or entertaining.
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