Monday, March 02, 2009

Spreckels Theatre

The Spreckels Theatre opened in 1912 and continues to operate today showing operas, plays, and musical and comedy acts. There is a famous story about the theatre from long ago when Ben Hur was performed - they were able to have a horse drawn chariot race make a full run on and off stage and around the back of the building. Now I would like to see that!
I stepped into the lobby of the building and felt transported back in time. There is marble everywhere including around this sign for the elevators! Click here to see a photo of the lobby from 1913. I can tell you that not much has changed - Bravo to the owners for preserving and maintaining this beautiful theatre.


Blogger expat said...

Back in 1986 we worked out of an office in the Spreckels Building for a while. We discovered a secret back entrance from the office building into the restaurant space that used to be The Press Room -- much frequented by journalists -- but has been Dobson's for decades now. Needless to say, we were regulars at the bar in those days.

Mon Mar 02, 09:12:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way, way, way back in time, KFMB radio had their first transmitter on the fourth floor and a tower on the roof.
I worked there for a short time in 1943.


Mon Mar 02, 04:49:00 PM PST  

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