historic Gold Bar Theater is open and once again entertaining
visitors with a wide variety of show venues, from historic performances
of Wyatt Earp, Winfield Scott Stratton, to comedy nights.
family-friendly tradition has been a part of Cripple Creek since 1946
when Wayne and Dorothy Mackin purchased the Imperial Hotel and started a
45-year tradition of dinner theater with classic melodrama.
Imperial Players performed to summer crowds in the 280-seat Gold Bar
Room Theater and helped revitalize the town with a new tourism economy.
The award winning dinner/theater venue was a hit and such notables as
Victor Borge, Arthur Godfrey, Walt Disney, Mary Tyler Moore and Lowell
Thomas visited the theater. Ragtime pianist
Max Morath got his start at
the keyboard in the Imperial.
theater closed in the early 1990s when the Imperial was converted to a
casino. The theater, however was left intact in the basement of the
hotel. Gary and Wini Ledford, the owners of the
Carr Manor, the historic Cripple Creek High School in 2009 purchased
the historic Imperial Hotel and Restaurant, and have brought life back
to the Imperial, including the Gold Bar Theater. Open again in all its
glory and nearly intact from those historic Mackin days, the stage
sports the last hand-painted stage drop that was created for the 1990s
long-time tradition at the Gold Bar Theater was honoring
celebrities who attended the Mackin melodrama by placing their names and
dates of attendance on black top hats which were then attached to the
ceiling of the theater. Notables include Arthur Godfrey, Colorado Gov.
Richard Lamm, Ken "Festus" Curtis, Lowell Thomas and Caroline Bancroft.
During the restoration process, the hats were salvaged and remain for
viewing where they were placed on the theater's beam work.
are planning a stay in Cripple Creek, check out our hotel,
dinner and theater
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Live Shows every Friday & Saturday night.
Thursday night talent nights - call 719-8748-1399 for
*Prices subject to change and subject to availability.
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**Cancellation policy: Tickets cancelled 24 hours or more in
advance can be refunded less a $5 cancellation fee; Cancelled
tickets 24 hours or less in advance are non-refundable.