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“Great shows!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Butte Theatre

The Butte Theatre
139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, CO 80813
+1 719-689-6402
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The Butte Opera House is an 1890's era theater refurbished for modern use. Owned and operated by the City of Cripple Creek, the Butte hosts both community and professional performing arts events throughout the year. The Butte is the proud home of The Thin Air Theatre Company, a production company that produces many genres of professional theatre, with an emphasis on Cripple Creek's beloved tradition of Classic Melodrama.
Salida, Colorado
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“Great shows!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

The actors and production crew do a great job in performing very entertaining shows!

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Victor, Colorado
2 reviews
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“Best Show at the Butte”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

We saw the Christmas Donkey as a special holiday treat and we LOVED it! Thin Air Theatre Company produces class-act, quality performances every time. This show was well written, the costumes were great and the talking donkey - hasn't been anything better since Mr. Ed. The olio is a real hoot and I loved the time travel machine! Would recommend this show and others by Thin Air to anyone who loves theater, a good time and just wants a nice outing for the family.

Visited December 2011
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Chicago, IL
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“Excellent entertainment - GO!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

What fun! I saw Werewolves of Poverty Gulch in mid October 2010. There is a lot of talent on the stage. Great acting and equally great singing. And, James on the piano is outstanding!

This is audience participation at its finest. In addition to cat calls, boos and cheers and a few howls, there is some banter between the actors and the audience. And it all works! What a great time!

The pre-show audience warm up is as good as the show. The Olio is several fun little sketches where the actors really get to show their talent. They have some great dancers on stage. The dancing at the show we attended was only during the Olio, but boy were they good!

There were all ages in the audience. Everyone was having fun. Plenty of laughs and good clean fun.

If you are in the area, do not miss seeing a melodrama at the Butte Opera House. It may indeed turn out to be the highlight of your trip!!!

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Guyton, Georgia
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“Melodrama . . . a new experience for me.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

We recently visited Cripple Creek and attended the Butte Theatre and the "Legend of Billy the Kid." Admittedly you must be a fan of live theater to enjoy this type of entertainment because it is a tongue in cheek "drama" where the audience is encouraged to boo and cheer and actively participate. The actors sometimes respond to the audience, which is different than most small, live shows. Since this was new to me, it took a little while to get used to noise from the audience being acceptable, and also to know when to yell out. (My husband said he wished he'd had a few more beers at dinner to really get into the spirit. I, on the other hand, had no problem joining the fun.)

With the actors also singing during the drama, you could appreciate the full range of their talent. In addition, there was an Olio (a new term for me, for a little "after show") of singing and dancing. This was a beach theme, with well known tunes, so the audience joined in clapping and singing.

The evening started with a sing-a-long led by the immensely talented piano player, who did the musical accompaniment to the entire show. I could not get up to her tip bucket fast enough after the show.

It is wonderful to know that talented performers are given opportunities to make a living (most probably meager at $15 ticket prices) all across the country, and not just in New York and Hollywood. I urge everyone to support live theater and the performing arts wherever you live, and if you have not experienced a "melodrama," find one and give it a try.

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Port Washington, Wisconsin
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“Great Entertainment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2010

We just returned from a vacation in Cripple Creek and went to the Butte Theatre to see the performances of "You're a good man Charlie Brown" and Gun Slinger ( The legend of Billy the Kid) . The theatre was beautiful and fit in with the rustic atmosphere of the town. Ticket prices were very reasonable and the seating was comfortable with great sight lines. The theatre hires professional actors who were very talented and put on great performances. Following the melodrama (Gunslinger) was an Olio which was hilarious. I highly recommend a visit to the Butte Theatre as a break from Gambling in the town, as a family activity or as a destination all it's own!

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