Cripple Creek played an integral role in the rich heritage of Colorado. The first homesteaders arrived here in the mid-1800s. In 1890, a ranch hand named Bob Womack discovered gold and Cripple Creek changed forever. By 1900, more than 50,000 people called the gold camp home. When the golden era ended in 1918, more than $300 million in gold had been mined in what would be the last great gold rush in North America. By the 1920s, only about 40 mines remained, but two decades later, in the 1940s, the town began to promote itself as a tourist destination, offering visitors a glimpse into the past. In 1991, the town was opened to limited-stakes gaming. Today, the venerable gold camp has reinvented itself as a full-service tourist destination, all the while preserving and showcasing its rich history.
To the Patrons of the Butte Theater:
Thank you for allowing the City the opportunity to address some of your concerns about the Butte’s recent decision to discontinue their 3-year relationship with the Butte Theater Foundation.
It is actually quite simple; 3 years ago, the Butte Foundation was realigned in order to make the financial support of the City’s yearly funding more transparent through a 501C3 entity. In doing so, the Butte would more readily acquire grant and endowment funding, in short, the Foundation was organized to raise money in direct support of the Butte and thus easing the yearly financial pressures of the City.
Unfortunately, over the past 3 years the City’s cost to support the Butte have increased rather than decreased. The City felt that much of this was due to the Foundation’s agenda not aligning with City interests, believing the Foundations’ projects were taking precedence over their fundraising commitments to the City. Consequently, the decision was made to discontinue the 3-year relationship with the Butte Foundation.
The City will revert to funding the Butte directly through the professional production company as it did in 2007-2017, thus simplifying the process and continuing its tradition of professional shows May through December, with numerous events throughout the winter months. Presently the City is finalizing contract negotiations for the return of the professional production company of Thin Air Theatre Company. THE SHOWS WILL GO ON!!
Butte Theater Managing Director
City of Cripple Creek
The City of Cripple Creek is very pleased to announce the return, pending contract approval, of long time Butte Theater show producers, Thin Air Theatre Company (TATC), for the 2020 theatrical season. TATC has an outstanding history of producing professional shows at the Butte Theater from 2007 – 2017. The return of TATC reunites Mel Moser, Butte Theater Manager/Actor, Chris Armbrister, Producer/Actor, and Chris Sorensen, Writer, who produced many of your favorite Melodramas and plays. As part of this change, the City of Cripple Creek has ended its relationship with the Butte Theater Foundation, who produced shows for the past two seasons. Welcome back Thin Air Theatre Company!
THE SHOWS WILL GO ON!!
Please direct any questions to Butte Theater Director Mr. Mel Moser at (719) 689-6402.
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337 E. Bennett Ave.
P.O. Box 430
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Fax (719) 689-2774
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