The Ellie Caulkins Opera House, colloquially known as “the Ellie,” is the premier venue inside of the historic Quigg Newton Denver Municipal Auditorium. The Ellie, a world-class acoustical hall designed in the lyric style, encompasses four levels: the balcony, loge, mezzanine and orchestra. This magnificent space is humidified and provides state-of-the-art technical support as well as acoustical excellence and clean sight lines. The Ellie is one of only three opera houses in the United States, one of nine world-wide, with seatback titling at every seat in the house. The Ellie designed to attract top artists to the Mile High City and to make their performances unforgettable.
As with any city-owned venue, the process for determining future uses of Boettcher will be driven by Denver Arts & Venues with ample time for input from the public and a number of stakeholder groups. Arts & Venues will direct continued thoughtful, measured study of options for Boettcher, and of what is in the collective best interest of the arts complex and surrounding neighborhood, and its various patrons, resident companies and presenters.
As a promoter and supporter of arts and culture in Denver, and as the caretaker of the entire arts complex, the city is taking a holistic approach to its examination of Boettcher. The conversation is about much more than one venue; it’s about attracting people to the arts complex, integrating it into the neighborhood, enhancing the Galleria and Sculpture Park, and inviting the kind of activity and energy that a world-class downtown arts complex deserves.