Sunday, 15 September 2013

Aspen Nightlife – The Wheeler Opera House




The Wheeler Opera House has been an



integral part of Aspen nightlife, history, and



culture since 1889 when Mr. J.B Wheeler and



the Conried Company presented The King’s



Fool. While the building started out as an



Opera House, it was only used for town



meetings and such by 1893, when the silver



mines had played out.





The Wheeler Opera House remained open until



1912 when it was gutted by not one, but two



fires in one week! The Opera House did not



open again until June of 1946 when it was



leased by the Aspen Company. The total



restoration went on until 1960. Between the



years of 1912 and 1946 the Wheeler Opera



House remained empty, and it was used as



a playground by the local children.





During the 1960’s and 1970’s, The Wheeler



Opera House was mainly used as a movie



theater. However, in 1979, the city decided to



restore the Opera House to its original



grandeur, and this restoration was completed



in 1984. The cost was 4.5 million dollars.



Today, the Wheeler Opera House is on the



National Registrar of Historical Places.





Many events, such as lectures, concerts, plays,



films, and musicals are held at The Wheeler



Opera House today. You can see Broadway



shows, jazz concerts, country and rock



concerts, and even children’s theater here.



Any type of cultural event you can imagine



is held here – and shows are scheduled



throughout the year. Locals consider the



Wheeler Opera House the ‘crown jewel of Aspen.



’ Nationwide, it is considered a world class theater



– and with the detailed woodwork it is certainly a



sight to behold!





The Opera House is still in its original location



on Hyman Avenue, in the heart of downtown



Aspen. You can call to find out what events are



planned, and to purchase tickets. Remember



that this is a popular place, and shows do sell



out quickly – so purchase your tickets as early



as possible. You should also be aware that



children under the age of three years old are



not permitted for live performances, unless the



performance is for children specifically.



Cameras and recording devices are not



permitted for performances.





The Wheeler Opera House can also be rented



for a variety of special occasions and events,



such as parties, receptions, weddings,



conferences, and seminars. Events such as



these are usually held on the second floor,



where guests will enjoy a breathtaking view of



Aspen Mountain, as well as the city.

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