121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Photo courtesy of Spreckels Theater
Spreckels TheatreCommissioned by sugar magnate John D. Spreckels, this historic theater hosted elaborate productions in its heyday. Thanks to large double doors on either side of the stage, it even held a horse-drawn-chariot race in 1923. Today, however, programming more likely includes Billy Elliot the Musical or the band Blitzen Trapper. Upon arrival, a dramatic marquee on Broadway welcomes guests into a restored grand lobby with onyx ceilings and the theater’s original box office. In the Baroque-style, 1,915-seat auditorium, the proscenium’s allegorical paintings and sculptures provide eye candy during intermissions. The Spreckels has had many lives: It opened in 1912 as a vaudeville house, then became movie theater, and now hosts a variety of live productions, from concerts to ballets to musicals.