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The Butte Theater
The tradition of presenting classic Victorian melodrama in Cripple Creek dates back to the late 1940s. In 1946, Wayne and Dorothy Mackin purchased the Imperial Hotel and began producing original melodramas in the basement of the hotel. They called their theater The Gold Bar Room. For 60-plus years the Mackins and their acting company, The Imperial Players, performed to summer crowds. In the early 1990s the last Imperial show was performed as the Imperial became a casino and the Gold Bar Room closed.
After a few dark years, the traditional Cripple Creek Melodrama was granted a new lease on life. When final renovations were completed on the Butte Theater in 2000, the summer melodrama moved to its new home and is now owned by the City of Cripple Creek. Today, local and professional productions grace the stage of this historic building and are counted as one of the most popular attractions in Cripple Creek.
Our guests love going to The Butte Theater because of the kind casts who give amazing performances. One of the popular groups that perform here is the Thin Air Theater Company. Past performances done by this group include "The Foreigner," "Into the Woods" and "Cripple Creepshow." Bring the family to a show and be prepared to get drawn into the performance.
Cripple Creek is the best place to visit for gaming fun with nine casinos all within walking distance along historic Bennett Avenue. All your favorite table games, the newest slots and expanded sports betting provide a huge variety of exciting options to hit it big. Cripple Creek Casinos are open 24-hours with no last call.
Fun for the whole family! Come aboard the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad and be amazed by the stunning landscapes as the century-old steam locomotive transports you back to the gold mining days of Cripple Creek & Victor.
The Cripple Creek District Museum, the Cripple Creek Heritage Center and Gold Mine Tours Inc are also wonderful resources to explore Cripple Creek's vast mining history.
Hop onto the Cripple Creek railroad and get a taste of the area's history. See Colorado's gorgeous landscape from your train car and historic buildings. The staff is friendly and proficient at running the coal-fired steam engine train.
You can also visit the Cripple Creek District Museum or Cripple Creek Heritage Center to learn about the history of Cripple Creek. If you're looking to walk the path of old gold mines, you can try the Gold Mine Tours Inc.