17 West Main Street, Bozeman, MT, US
Bio: THE ELLEN STORY Restored in 2008 by Montana TheatreWorks, The Ellen is now a shining showcase for great musical theatre, plays, community events, local performers and world-renowned talent. Sold-out audiences have enjoyed a wide variety of programs, from comic Paula Poundstone to cowboy legends Riders In The Sky, from former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw discussing To Kill A Mockingbird to music legend Arlo Guthrie. Opened in 1919, The Ellen originally hosted variety shows, silent movie premieres, school plays, weddings, symphony concerts and even an opera featuring a live elephant. This historic town landmark truly was the place to be - Friday night with your favorite sweetheart, the Saturday kiddie matinee and the Sunday family concert were staples of life at The Ellen. A favored stop on the vaudeville circuit, programs discovered during the renovation feature such stars of the day as Vivian Vance (Ethel from I Love Lucy), famous fan dancer Sally Rand and the legendary ventriloquist Edgar Bergen along with his wise-cracking wooden sidekick Charlie McCarthy. However, like a tragic melodrama, there was a cruel twist in the plot and The Ellen, along with other similar theatres across the country, suffered decades of disrepair. The world of TV, DVD rentals and video downloads by-passed Bozeman's magnificent monument to a bygone era and, sadly, the spotlight slowly faded. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. After a lot of elbow grease, polish and paint, it's "Curtain Up" once again at The Ellen. If you're in the neighborhood, drop by for a visit or take in a show. When you see her, we're sure that you'll agree, the ol' girl truly deserves a standing ovation. Be a Part of The Ellen Theatre Renovation The second phase of The Ellen Theatre Renovation is underway and we need your help. For those of you who have visited The Ellen since we opened in December of 2008, you were able to witness our refurbished ballroom, the all new restroom facilities and the reconfiguration of the lobby - as well as many items you weren't able to see, including a new heating and air conditioning system, an all new electrical system, upgraded plumbing, much needed building insulation, new roofing and renovated dressing rooms under the stage. It may look like we're finished, but there's still much to do. People ask us, "If I donate today, where does my money go?" Currently we are raising money for a new sound system and upgrades for our box office. In these tough economic times, we know everyone is tightening the belt. However, this is something the theatre must have to allow us to continue to present live shows, concerts and films at The Ellen. You can help in a couple of different ways: 1. Continue to come see our shows... and tell others about all the terrific performances going on at The Ellen. The more seats that are filled, the better we're able to pay our bills. And who doesn't want to be here with a packed house enjoying a wonderful concert or laugh-filled comedy? 2. Make a monetary gift. Simply mail your tax-deductable contribution to: The Ellen Theatre, PO Box 28, Bozeman, 59771-0028 or donate using a credit card by simply clicking the Donate button at the bottom of this announcement. Please know that your donation, no matter what size, will make a difference. And thank you for helping to make The Ellen Theatre a great performing arts venue for our entire community for decades to come.