The Historic Elitch Theatre may be 126 years old, but you can still catch a flick there! This summer, the theater is offering outdoor and indoor movie screenings, all for only $5!

The Historic Elitch Theatre first opened its doors in 1891 and has been described as “one of the cradles of American dream.” The 126-year-old theater is still in operation today.

Mary Elitch was the first female zookeeper, the first woman to run a botanic garden, and one of the first women to own a theater in the United States. Both the movie theater and the popular amusement park in downtown Denver, Elitch Gardens, got their names from her.


Mary Elitch

Mary also began a prestigious theater that garnered Broadway talent, such as local actress Antionette Perry (the Tony Awards are named after her). Other famous names include Grace Kelly and Edward G. Robinson. The screening of the first moving picture film was at the theater as well. Read more of the theater’s history here.

Since 1891, guests have been flocking to the historic theater to watch musical and play performances as well as movie screenings. Elitch Theatre closed in 1991, only to be revived in 2002 so the history of the famed theater could live on.

While there is still a ton of work to be done, folks are hoping that offering guests these screenings will help save this piece of history. For only $5, you can watch a movie outside under the night sky, or inside where there are movie screenings, plays, and live music.

Where: 4655 W. 37th Ave., Denver
Admission: $5 | Kids six and under are FREE | Purchase Tickets Here


Schedule for Summer 2017:

Indoor Movies

Friday, June 16, at 7 p.m.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
| Four virtual reality stations from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m.
SING | Ice cream social provided by Little Man Ice Cream at 3:30 p.m.

Outdoor Movies and Concerts

*Pre-movie entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m., with movies starting at dusk.*

Friday, June 30
La La Land | Musical guests — MSquared and Terri Jo Jenkins

Saturday, July 1
Sunnyside Music Festival Promo Concert

Friday, July 14
The Princess Bride | Musical performance by 300 Days | Interactive fencing by the Denver Fencing Center

Friday, July 28
E.T. | Special Kids Zone

Friday, August 11
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Magician Mitch Harwood and Nature’s Educators’ Raptor Show

Friday, August 25
Dirty Dancing | Music and dancing in the carousel

Saturday, August 26 *FREE*
E.T. Fest — A Cultural Revival | Sunnyside Music Festival and BlissFest333 | Artisan Fair from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Concert by FACE, Chris Daniels and the Kings, and the Hazel Miller Band from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Have you been to the Historic Elitch Theatre? Will you be going to one of the screenings this summer? Let us know which movie you’re the most excited about by commenting below!

Photos courtesy of the Historic Elitch Theatre’s Facebook page and website.

Here’s a list of FREE outdoor movie events all across Colorado!