From the day it opened its doors in 1889, the Wheeler Opera House followed the same path as the city; it witnessed everything from enormous riches to bankruptcies, from booms to busts. However, while so much of the pioneer silver and gold mining world perished, the Wheeler Opera House continued to rise from the ashes like a phoenix, showing that culture is resilient and a vital component of Aspen. The theatre features Moroccan leather seats, a blue ceiling embedded with silver stars, and a rather impressive proscenium stage.
It introduced the community to traveling Shakespeare troops, vaudeville, minstrel shows, concerts, burlesques, lectures, and the occasional boxing match. Times have changed, but not too terribly much. The Opera House still serves as the community’s first and foremost performance venue for concerts, festivals, movies, Oprah Winfrey, The Eagles, school theatre productions, lectures, and much more.
320 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, Colorado, Phone: 866-449-0464 (website)
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