THE NATIONAL THEATRE
The Friends of Historic Breckenridge organized to promote and encourage the restoration and revitalization of our downtown. It was also the organization that did the work, along with the City, to make application to be designated a Main Street City . It was an arduous process. When we received that designation, The Friends Board of Directors wanted to show our good faith by initiating a project or projects downtown to encourage business to invest in restoring their buildings, especially their facades. Joe Rex Brown and Charles Kuhn owned the theatre property, which actually was only the side walls and a collapsed roof – not much of the National Theatre remained. They wished to give it to our organization. We did an environmental study to make sure it was feasible or ‘wise’ to even accept the property. When we began the process of restoration, it was realized that it was not adequate for use as a theatre because of ADA requirements could not be met. We then purchased the adjoining building on the east side which now houses the reception room, kitchen, restrooms and dressing rooms and became ADA approved. With the help of our board members, community support, Breckenridge Ecomomic Development Corp., contractors, and all of the donations from our wonderful members we were able to fully restore the theatre into working condition in 2009. We currently use the theatre for community plays, concerts, parties, once-a-month movies, private functions, and the Summer Children's Drama Camp. For any information on private theatre rental, go to Theatre Rental page. For dates of the Summer Drama Camp, go to Upcoming Events page.