Inside Beta nightclub. (Lisa Higginbotham, Denver Post file)

Denver’s Beta Nightclub, which for the past decade has been rated as one of North America’s best dance clubs, will close its doors on Jan. 5.

The news about the venue at 1909 Blake St. in Lower Downtown was first shared Thursday on Beta’s Facebook page. It comes as Beta’s website continues to show performances booked through Feb. 21, including from artists Terravita, Danger, Megalodon and Luca Lush.

It’s not clear whether those will be canceled or moved to another local venue, and Beta did not say why it is closing.

“Beta can speak on the reasons, but 11 years as a full EDM (electronic dance music) nightclub is an impressive run by any standard,” said Ha Hau, producer of the Global Dance Festival and Denver’s upcoming New Year’s Eve dance party, Decadence. “(Beta) help put Denver on the global EDM map.”

Beta first opened in 2008 as the home base of Brad Roulier, a promoter and DJ who co-founded the Denver-based “iTunes for DJs” service Beatport and formerly booked shows for Denver nightclub impresario Regas Christou, whose family owns The Church, Vinyl and others.

Sources close to the deal told The Denver Post at the time that Roulier had first spoken with Christou about buying the Church nightclub, but that Christou turned him down.

Their eventual split was acrimonious: Christou sued his former top booker, Roulier, after the latter took over the lease at Rise nightclub on the corner of 19th and Blake streets and began testing his new dance-club concept. Christou’s 2010 suit alleged monopolistic practices and claimed an impact of more than $1 million in losses from Roulier’s supposed market-fixing.

“I think that Mr. Christou is really mistaking Beta’s popularity among the artists and the public as being unfair competition,” Roulier’s lawyer, Joe L. Silver, told The Denver Post at the time. “That’s what this suit may well be about.”

In 2012, a court dismissed Christou’s antitrust claims but supported a trade-secret misappropriation claim that centered around whether Christou’s MySpace friend list should be considered a database of professional contacts. The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado also sanctioned Roulier for failing to preserve text messages related to the case.

Beta is known these days for its loyal fan base, 72,000-watt Funktion One sound system, savvy programming (including a dubstep-focused room that prefigured the trend before most venues) and bringing international-quality DJs, rappers and electronic artists to Denver such as Skrillex, deadmau5, Talib Kweli, Bonobo, John Digweed and Armin Van Buuren.

The 950-capacity club has earned top-tier industry and consumer awards, including DJ Magazine’s No. 1 nightclub in North America (2011), the No. 1 Dance Club in America from Rolling Stone (2013) and Billboard’s 25 Greatest Dance Clubs of All Time (2015).

Inside Beta nightclub. (Lisa Higginbotham, Denver Post file)

“Our mission statement was always simple: Club culture evolving,” the club’s unsigned Facebook post said. “As we made the decision to draw Beta Nightclub to a close, we reflect back on this mantra and what it has become. We want to honor what we set out to do, honor our DJs for their devotion to their craft, honor our staff and promoters for their dedication, and most importantly, honor our fans who have shared their valuable time with us.”

Roulier and representatives for Beta did not return emails or calls Friday.

The nightclub scene in Denver has changed significantly since Beta first opened. Christou’s club-empire has gotten smaller while still occasionally booking big names, and slick new competition, such as South Broadway’s Temple Nightclub, has jumped into the market. Electronic-music fans have also seen an increasing number of dance-oriented shows from promoters at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and other major venues, particularly as the once-niche genre has become mainstream.

“I remember thinking when Beta opened that it was an amazing room. … But not the perfect spot for my artist,” said Jake Schneider, former agent for DJ and festival-favorite Bassnectar. “Beta is interesting because it’s kind of in-between the capacity of most venues those artists would play. Along with that, Live Nation, AEG (Presents) and the big conglomerates have other things they can offer artists, so how does one decide which local room to play? It seemed like an expensive room to run, and it was kind of out there by itself in terms of (booking).”

Denver’s EDM scene is better off for Beta having existed, said producer Hau, who has been the promoter for Thursday nights at Beta since the club opened.

“All the big artists wanted to play there,” Hau said of Beta. “(But) Denver has a vibrant EDM scene that will keep thriving.”

Beta’s Facebook post did not include details about the future of its building.

“There are many opportunities for 1909 Blake Street as we are exploring the future for this very special venue, but for right now, we want to focus and celebrate what this place means for so many people,” the post said.

Fans and artists flocked to Beta’s Facebook post to express their shock and dismay, leaving nearly 1,500 comments by midday Friday.

“The first club experience I had in Denver was at Beta, and so many awesome nights have been spent in this city at Beta since I moved here 7 years ago,” wrote a Facebook user who posted under the name Davey Milton. “Thank you for all the unforgettable nights, and great dances. You will be missed. I’m hoping this is not the end of great experiences created by you all. Much love.”