On this site
January 18, 1869
The California Theatre
Built by William C. Ralston
Opened with the following stock company
John McCullough · Lawrence Barrett · Harry Edwards · Willie Edouin · E.B. Holmes · William Mestayer · John T. Raymond · W.F. Burroughs · W.H. Sedley Smith · John Wilson · Edward J. Buckley · Mrs. Judah Emelie Melville · Elizabeth Sanders · Annette Ince · Marie E. Gordon · Sophie Edwin · Minnie Walton · Julia Buckley
This theatre remained a brilliant center of drama until August 11, 1888 - Among artists who played here where Charles W. Couldock, Edwin Adams, John Broughan, Edwin Booth, Barton Hill, Walter Montgomery, Mrs. D.P. Bowers, Adelaide Neilson, Lotta Crabtree.