Before you attend an Opera Colorado production, here are a few helpful hints to make your experience a great one!
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House is in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). For information on accessible seating and requirements, visit our Accessibility page.
While there is no dress code, many of our patrons enjoy dressing up for the opera. Opening nights are generally “black-tie” – it’s not unusual to see tuxedos and elegant dresses. For an evening performance, we typically recommend business or cocktail attire. Sunday matinees are slightly more casual, with men in sport coats and women in nice dresses or pantsuits.
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House is located at the east end of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, on 14th Street and Curtis, Denver, 80204.
Driving Directions to the Denver Performing Arts Complex from I-25: Take I-25 toward downtown Denver. Take the Speer Boulevard South exit. Follow Speer Boulevard to Arapahoe Street (past Elitch’s and the Pepsi Center). Turn left on Arapahoe Street. The Denver Performing Arts Complex is located on your right, between 13th and 14th Streets off Arapahoe Street.
Please allow plenty of time for parking. Shows begin promptly. Check your tickets for show times. If you arrive late, you will be locked out of the show until intermission! Check out parking and transportation information online!
The Denver Performing Arts Complex Garage **ARRIVE EARLY!**
The garage is often full one hour prior to the performance. Please note: an early arrival will afford you plenty of time for parking and finding your seats. All evening shows start promptly at 7:30 pm. All matinees begin at 2:00 pm.
As of July 2009, rates at the complex parking garage have increased. After completing an area parking study, Central Parking and Denver Public Works – the managers and owners of the parking garage – determined that a slight raise in parking fees would be necessary in order to maintain the level of quality and service in a changing industry. Please be aware of the new pricing structure when parking at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
Daily rates for the Denver Performing Arts Complex Garage
Early Morning Special (in by 9 AM, out by 6 PM) – $6
Up to 1 hour – $4
1 – 2 hours – $6
All day maximum – $9
Overnight – $19
Evening rates will now range from $8 – $12 depending on the number of events taking place at the performing arts complex at one time.
The Colorado Convention Center Parking Garage
The garage offers 1,000 additional parking spaces conveniently adjacent to the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The garage is linked to the Denver Performing Arts Complex via an uncovered bridge. Enter the garage off of Speer at Champa Street. Parking is the same price as at the DPAC garage, but is often much less crowded.
RTD Light Rail
RTD Denver’s Light Rail system is an easy and convenient system of transportation to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Visit RTD Denver’s website for schedules, maps and other information.
We encourage you to enjoy drinks or dinner before the show at one of the area establishments. Click on the following restaurants for menus and availability. To find more restaurants, visit the Denver Dining Guide. Reservations are strongly recommended for downtown restaurants; for easy reservations, use opentable.com.
Kevin Taylor’s Restaurant Group is the Preferred Restaurant Partner of Opera Colorado
Kevin Taylor Restaurants
Backstage Coffee, 1000 14th Street, 303.623.1300
The Capital Grille, 1450 Larimer Street, 303.539.2500
The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar*, 1401 Curtis Street, 303.825.6500
Fogo de Chao, 1513 Wynkoop Street, 303.623.9600
The Palm, 1672 Lawrence Street, 303.825.7256
Rialto Café,* 934 16th Street, 303.893.2233
Rioja,* 1431 Larimer Street, 303.820.2282
*open for brunch or lunch on Sundays
Why not make a night of it? Show your support for Opera Colorado by visiting one of the many downtown hotels who make it possible for Opera Colorado to house our performers and crew.
|WESTIN DENVER DOWNTOWN
The Westin Denver Downtown offers weekend packages for opera, theater and ballet productions at the Denver Performing Art Complex. For additional information, visit their website and click on special offers.
|MAGNOLIA HOTEL DENVER
Old world charm meets modern Magnolia style in our downtown Denver hotel, formerly the American National Bank Building. Restored to reflect its original appearance, terra cotta details and a replicated corner clock adorn this 13-story landmark edifice built in 1910. Opened in 1995, this Denver hotel has 246 guest rooms and two casual dining options, The Lounge and Harry’s Bar.
|courtyard by marriott denver downtown
Our boutique style Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown is set in a beautifully restored and renovated historic building on the 16th Street Mall featuring an Award-Winning Restaurant and On-site Starbucks.
Located just steps from the DCPA is Denver’s premier luxury boutique hotel, offering exquisite lodging accommodations for the opera enthusiast. On property you will discover Award-winning Chef Kevin Taylor‘s fine dining restaurants: PRIMA Ristorante and his signature Kevin Taylor Restaurant.
|the Curtis – a Doubletree by Hilton
Funky, cool and playful, the Curtis – a Doubletree by Hilton features 336 “pop culture” themed guestrooms, 22,000 square feet of meeting space and the Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar.
|RESIDENCE INN DENVER CITY CENTER
Our Denver hotel is conveniently located in the City Center, near the 16th Street Mall and many corporations and businesses, and is ideal for corporate housing, relocations, business travel, and vacations. Enjoy a free daily breakfast buffet and an evening reception featuring wine, beer and appetizers.
Tickets that have been placed in Will-Call can be picked up at the Ellie Caulkins Box Office, which is open one and a half hours prior to curtain. The Ellie Caulkins Opera House Box Office is located just right of the entrance to Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House, at the top of the stairs, next to the Temple Buell Theatre.
Lobby doors open approximately an hour before curtain. There will be a thirty-minute lecture prior to each performance. Lectures are held one hour before curtain time in the orchestra section and are free to all ticket holders. We welcome you to join us to learn a little more about the opera and ask questions.
After the performance, please join General Director Greg Carpenter and Director of Artistic Planning Brad Trexell for an informal question and answer session. Please join us in the first few rows of the orchestra section in front of the stage.
For more resources on dining, transportation, parking and more, visit the Denver Performing Arts Complex’s website at http://www.artscomplex.com.
Want to take a tour of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, home to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House? For more information and details, click here.