Aspen opera house reopens after $4M makeover

Posted at 12:12 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 14:12:30-05

Aspen's Wheeler Opera House is reopening after a $4 million renovation.

The Aspen Times reports that after weeks of delays the 1889-built theater welcomed guests Friday for the first times since September. The opera house had been scheduled to open in mid-December, but structural issues forced officials to push back the opening and relocate a number of performances.

The most recent project is the last of three major renovations for the Wheeler, which underwent a $2.8 million upgrade in 2011 and a $3 million update in 2013.

Originally budgeted for $3.4 million, the city-owned theater increased the final phase's price tag by $600,000 to upgrade its elevator. The delay and event relocation cost an additional $20,000 to $30,000.