Butte Theater - Cripple Creek, Colorado

Butte Theater

This historic landmark has been a pillar of the community for more than a century.

Lose yourself in extraordinary live entertainment at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, where you can boo the villains and cheer for the heroes in classic melodrama style. 

Butte Theater


The Butte Theater began as the "Butte Concert and Beer Hall" in 1896, when proprietors Halbekann & Hertz featured nightly entertainment with the Ladies' Vienna Orchestra. Sometime later, the theater re-premiered as the Butte Opera House under the management of D.R. McArthur. Within two years, numerous clubs and lodges were sponsoring parties and benefits at the Butte on a regular basis. Today, The Butte is owned and operated by the City of Cripple Creek, managed by Mel Moser, providing professional theater, community programming and educational initiatives. The Butte continues Cripple Creek's long tradition of Classic Victorian Melodrama which has been seen in Cripple Creek for over 70 years.

Thin Air Theatre Company

Thin Air Theatre Company is the resident professional company at the Butte Opera House producing a full season of shows from June through December.  TATC produces a season that is comprised not only of classic Victorian Melodrama, but also includes musicals, contemporary comedies and mysteries as well as original works.  Over their 11-year tenure as the resident company for The City of Cripple Creek at the Butte Theater, TATC has produced 55 professional productions (averaging 156 performances annually).  While the Mackin Family may hold the longevity record of 50+ years of producing theatre in Cripple Creek, it is TATC that now holds the record for producing the most productions in Cripple Creek's 125 year history. The Thin Air Theatre Company will return in 2021 for another complete season of shows from June – December.

Visit The Butte Theater website for information on upcoming shows and events, and to purchase tickets.


Butte Theater
139 E. Bennett Ave.
Cripple Creek, CO  
Box Office: (719) 689-6410

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