Spreckels Theatre

121 Broadway,
San Diego, CA 92101

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DavidZornig on January 19, 2017 at 7:25 pm

1952 photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

LomaUsher on March 14, 2014 at 2:57 am

The neon blade-sign and marquee have recently been completely restored. It’s a sight to behold on Broadway after dark!

LomaUsher on March 14, 2014 at 2:55 am

In the early years of the Mainly Mozart Festival, I remember going to hear the Beethoven Triple-Concerto played in the Spreckels. What a lovely experience that was, too. Also, in the mid-1980’s, when AIDS was first coming to prominence, I as a young singer took part in the only concert the San DIego Opera Chorus has ever given, which was in support of AIDS research. It was a splendid evening, thanks in no small part, to the lovely ambiance provided by the Spreckels THeater itself.

wschart on March 29, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Back in the 1950s my Dad knew the head projectionist for this theater and arranged for a tour. It was quite a place, there wer 4 or 5 levels of seating and a large stage behind the screen. One thing I remember was a large representation of a baseball field, say 15 or 20 feet on a side, equipped with electic lights so as the indicate the path of the ball and base runners. This was used in the 1930s during the world series. Apparently people paid to sit and watch while someone operated the lights and an announcer called the action, based on information received via wire. After the tour, we got to see The Bridge on the River Kwai.

monika on May 22, 2009 at 11:44 am

Here are two photographs of the Spreckels Theatre I took on May 17 2009:
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adolforios on June 22, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Love this place. Saw Travis in concert here and I will never forget it.
Not a bad seat in the house.

scrimger on April 29, 2007 at 6:08 pm

I was a manager here for awhile in 1975, we ran movies and ocasionally a concert. It not only had a balcony but a gallery above that…and it was a steep slope …I would not want to trip on and go rolling down. There is a story that Ben Hur was done live there in the old days and they actually ran chariots from the side stage doors and on out…. it had a very large lift mechanism in the basement that could lift part of the stage up…for example to change a set or the orchestra…it is one large theatre….The theatre is a building inside another building so to speak..It has three walls of offices surrounding it that actually could be demolished leaving the entire theatre intact.

BrooklynJim on June 19, 2006 at 10:59 am

A grand old theater, laden with tons of class. Ironically, I never saw a movie here. In early February, 2002, I treated my daughter to Canadian singer Nelly Furtado’s concert and introduced her to Nelly and the band members after the show. My daughter also liked the fact that the tickets I had were in Row 4, floor level, but there really isn’t a poor seat in the house.

kencmcintyre on October 21, 2005 at 5:01 pm

From the San Diego Historical Society:

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