Pickwick Theater

1029 Fourth Avenue,
San Diego, CA 92101

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Pickwick Theater

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The Pickwick Theater, designed by Hebbard and Gill was built in 1904 and opened on February 27, 1905 as a vaudeville theater. It became a motion picture theater in 1922. The Pickwick theater had a short life as a movie theater as it was demolished in 1926.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2005 at 7:50 am

Was the Gill of “Hebbard and Gill” Irving Gill?

The facade of this building was very Sullivanesque.

neeb
neeb on January 7, 2008 at 3:51 am

Apparently Louis J. Wilde was responsible for building the Pickwick.
Later he became mayor of San Diego.

DavidGill
DavidGill on November 9, 2013 at 6:01 am

Irving Gill worked for Adler & Sullivan, Chicago (c1892) on Louis Sullivan’s famous Transportation Building for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The most memorable feature of that building was the great gold arch at the entrance. The façade of the Pickwick is an imitation of that great arch. Sullivan was the primary influence on Gill’s work and thought on architecture. Occasionally he resorted to direct quotation from Sullivan but later these influences evolved into Gill’s own, original language and philosophy of architecture.

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