Denver: Masses on mall to see celebs; buses shut down |

Denver: Masses on mall to see celebs; buses shut down

Steve Myers
Rocky Mountain News
Vail CO Colorado
Ken Papaleo/Rocky Mountain NewsSeveral celebrities, including Spike Lee, were spotted during lunchtime on the 16th Street Mall today. At one point police had to shut down shuttle traffic because of the crowds.

DENVER, Colorado ” Nearly 1,000 celebrity watchers massed around trendy Earls restaurant this morning, prompting police to shut down the free bus shuttle service for nearly 30 minutes.

“The drivers wanted to go, but they couldn’t get through,” said Paul Lopez, a Regional Transportation District supervisor. He said police have shut down the buses perhaps a half dozen times this week because of large crowds gathering on the mall, usually in front of Earl’s, during the Democratic National Convention.

Spectators said a host of celebrities were in the eateryFriday morning. Angela Bassett, Dana Delaney, Tony Goldwyn, Tim Daley, Anne Hathaway, Star Jones, Martin Luther King III, Spike Lee, Josh Lucas, Giancarlo Esposito and Susan Sarandon were among those spotted. Onlookers said several of the celebs waved to the cheering crowd from a balcony overlooking the mall.

Shortly before noon, police escorted celebrities in a single-file line out of Earl’s and through the buzzing crowd, which oohed and aahed at each sighting and snapped photos. Other officers then gently cleared the crowd from the shuttle lanes and bus service resumed.

“It’s been like this all week,” Lopez said of the celebrity watching’s affect on the shuttle service. “It’s slow and crowded.”

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