This past weekend was the annual Doors Open Denver event. One of the places I visited during this event was Elitch Theater in northwest Denver. Built in 1890 it was the centerpiece of the first zoo west of Chicago. The theater served as the first and oldest summer stock venue in America from 1893 to the mid 1960’s. Over the years the area around the theater has changed from a zoo, to an amusement park and now a residential area. Work is being done currently to restore the theater and great strides have been made since the amusement park closed in the early 90’s. Some of the performers who have appeared at the theater include Cecil B. DeMille, Patty Duke, Grace Kelly, William Shatner and many more.