Life in Bozeman, MT, is centered around Main Street, which is only three blocks from the Voss Inn bed and breakfast. This is where you will find all of the best restaurants, shops, galleries and coffee shops. It is also where you will find the newly renovated Ellen Theater. The Ellen is a lavishly decorated playhouse built in 1919 by the acclaimed architect Fred Willson. In it’s day this historic landmark had Friday night performances, Saturday matinees and Sunday concerts featuring well-known artists such as Sally Rand, the fan dancer and ventriloquist Edgar Bergan with his sidekick Charlie McCarthy. Even the young aspiring actor, Gary Cooper, performed at the Ellen. Eventually it became Bozeman’s principal movie theater and, sadly, was allowed to fall into a state of disrepair.
In 1995 the Ellen was purchased by Montana Theaterworks which set for itself the task of renovating the Ellen with the intent of returning it to it’s original grandeur and offering live concerts and theater to Bozeman once again. Today the Ellen has a full calendar of events which includes:
- October 16 to November 1: The Woman in Black
- October 22: Legends of Jazz
- November 7: Brian Bromberg Quintet
- December 4–23: A Christmas Story
- December 10: Jeni Fleming
Whatever you do, when you visit Bozeman don’t miss the opportunity to experience a little bit of history by taking in one of the wonderful live performances at the Ellen Theater!