Before this theater was built in 1849, the only entertainment available in Sacramento was found in gambling houses and saloons. Then, once the theater was built, 49ers starved for culture paid USD5 in gold dust to enjoy dramatic and musical entertainment. In 1850, the Sacramento River flooded the theater. It has since been reconstructed to replicate the original rustic venue and has been designated as an historic landmark. Docent-led tours are free and feature computerized slide shows covering Sacramento's early rough-and-tumble history. During summer weekends, the theater produces period melodramas as well as featuring musical entertainment.
- Type: Theater