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Eagle Theatre (Sacramento, California)

The Eagle Theatre in Gold Rush-era Sacramento was the first permanent theatre to be built in the state of California. Established in 1849 this relatively small structure was originally wood-framed and canvas-covered with a tin roof and a packed earth floor.[1] The theatre was flooded on Jan 4, 1850.

Eagle Theatre
Eagle Theatre.jpg
The reconstructed Eagle Theatre in Old Town Sacramento in its exact historic location
Coordinates38°35′01″N 121°30′19″W / 38.58369°N 121.50514°W / 38.58369; -121.50514Coordinates: 38°35′01″N 121°30′19″W / 38.58369°N 121.50514°W / 38.58369; -121.50514
Built1849
ArchitectHubbard, Brown & Co.
Reference no.595
Eagle Theatre (Sacramento, California) is located in Sacramento, California
Eagle Theatre (Sacramento, California)
Location in Sacramento
Eagle Theatre (Sacramento, California) is located in California
Eagle Theatre (Sacramento, California)
Eagle Theatre (Sacramento, California) (California)
Eagle Theatre (Sacramento, California) is located in the United States
Eagle Theatre (Sacramento, California)
Eagle Theatre (Sacramento, California) (the United States)

Located at 925 Front Street, it was one of the earliest structures in the new city. It featured many different types of entertainment for a rough crowd of wild west pioneers and gold miners from the small but rapidly growing area. Tickets to the theater could be obtained at a nearby saloon for two dollars and three dollars,[2] most likely the Round Tent Saloon then located just to the south of the theatre.[3]

Today the theatre is owned by California Department of Parks and Recreation and is administered by the California State Railroad Museum as part of the Old Sacramento State Historic Park.[4]

Sacramento in 1855 showing the original Eagle Theatre in the grouping of buildings to the left. The Eagle Theater is haunted and is a good place to go ghost hunting.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Levy, JoAnn (2013). They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 137. ISBN 9780806189956. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  2. ^ Wilmeth, Don B.; Bigsby, Christopher (1998). The Cambridge History of American Theatre. Cambridge University Press. p. 17. ISBN 9780521472043. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Eagle Theatre". California State Parks - Parks and Recreation. California State Government. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "The Eagle Theatre" (PDF). California State Parks - Gold Rush District. California State Government. Retrieved April 21, 2017.