Ellie Caulkins Opera House

at 1400 Curtis St, Denver, 80202 United States

<p>The <b>Ellie Caulkins Opera House</b>, which opened on September 10, 2005, is located in <a href="/pages/w/115590505119035">Denver, Colorado</a> as part of the large <a href="/pages/w/132958100074413">Denver Performing Arts Complex</a>. It seats 2,225. The Caulkins family pledged $7 million towards the enhancement of the lyric opera house and adjacent public spaces which were constructed inside of the Newton Auditorium.</p><h2>History of the theatre</h2><p>The Municipal Auditorium, the largest in America except for Madison Square Garden in New York, was completed in time to host the Democratic National Convention in 1908. Mayor Speer and the Chamber of Commerce raised $100,000 to celebrate the July 7 grand opening of the Auditorium with Denver's first national political convention, when William Jennings Bryan was nominated the third time for President.</p><p>Originally, the building was a multi-purpose structure: it accommodated concerts, operas, theatrical shows, conventions, basketball, auto shows and even circuses, with flags flying from its domes and light bulbs outlining its pediments, cornice, and corners. The proscenium of the original building was designed to be portable so as to create different-sized spaces for different events. When the proscenium was in place, the building was a 3,326 seat theatre with an extraordinarily large back stage area. When the proscenium was raised, increasing the <a href="/pages/w/102283963159621">seating capacity</a> to 12,000, the stage and backstage area became large enough to hold circuses and rodeos.</p><p>In the 1920s and 30s, Music Week was an annual event in Denver for several years. Various communities of the state presented musical programs and most of the performances were in the Auditorium. An opera or operetta was commonly included in the offerings.</p><p>In 1921, a company of Denver musicians performed <a href="/pages/w/109998935687911">Flotow</a>'s <a href="/pages/w/108228362530931">Martha</a> in May; of special historical significance was the fact that the two performances were broadcast by radio station 9ZAF, the first time ever that a full-length opera was broadcast.</p>

Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1400 Curtis St
Denver , CO 80202
United States
Contact Phone
P: (303) 893-4100

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