HistoriCorps organized about 30 volunteers to strip and repaint the southern side of the Elitch Gardens Theatre on October 4 and 5 in Denver, Colorado. The project was part of an ongoing effort to restore the entire theatre.

By Joe Vaccarelli
Denver Post, YourHub Reporter

Today’s big-name Hollywood actors are lacking one commonality with their predecessors from 50-plus years ago: None got a start at the Elitch Theatre in northwest Denver.

Grace Kelly, Vincent Price and Antoinette Perry all once graced the stage at the famed theater. One story has Kelly receiving the call to head to California to star in “High Noon” while back stage at the Elitch Theatre. Another story has Douglas Fairbanks sweeping floors before ever performing at the theater.

But since the last performance in 1991, the legendary theater is quiet.

In fact, that 1991 show — a production of “The Robber Bridegroom” — couldn’t finish its run and was stopped mid-show during a freak hailstorm when rain began seeping into the theater.

The theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and designated a Denver landmark in 1995.

But shows could be returning to the theater at 4655 W. 37th Ave. in the near future. After an exterior makeover led by the nonprofit groups HistoriCorps and the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre Foundation, the theater is one step closer to reopening. Read more ==>