Formerly known as the Columbia Theatre and the Geary Theatre when MAE WEST trod the boards, this magnificent San Francisco showplace will soon celebrate its 100th birthday.
• • Constructed in 1909, and opened to the public on 10 January 1910, the 1.024-seat Beaux Arts auditorium has been the headquarters of the A.C.T. acting company since former director Bill Ball relocated the group to the West Coast from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1965.
• • The Geary Theater was nearly destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake; the extensive damage caused to the structure shuttered it for seven years.
• • American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Carey Perloff announced the lineup of the company's 43rd subscription season today. The season will welcome some of the best American and international artists to the Bay Area and also celebrate the 100th anniversary of this national landmark, a celebrated architectural icon in a city renowned for its urban beauty.
• • During its storied past, this has been a venue for performers of the likes of Mae West, Sarah Bernhardt, Helen Hayes, Isadora Duncan, Clark Gable, Laurence Olivier, and others.
• • The building is located here: 415 Geary Street [at Mason Street], San Francisco, CA 94108.
• • Its near neighbor is the Curran Theatre — — where Mae West performed her blockbuster success "Diamond Lil" in 1929 — — located at 445 Geary Street (San Francisco, CA 94102).
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • Diamond Lil • •
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