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Columbia Theater, 1910

For many years J. J. Gottlob and his brother, Joe, owned and managed the Columbia theater in San Francisco. From the ACT website: The earthquake and fire of 1906 wrought destruction on every facet of life in San Francisco, and the performing arts faced a crisis without precedent. Renowned for the number and variety of its cultural events, San Francisco had been described by one theater observer of the time as "the only city in the United States, outside of New York, where a high-salaried player could be assured a long and lucrative run." In the destruction following the April 18, 1906, earthquake, however, the city lost all eight of its downtown theaters. Culture-conscious San Franciscans gave high priority to the replacement of performing arts buildings as reconstruction of the city got underway. From 1906 through 1911, eight new theaters, representing the latest in design and technology, were built in the downtown area, and the city's great theatrical tradition resumed almost immediately. . . [J.J. Gottlob's] new building opened on January 10, 1910. It was then known as the Columbia Theatre, named after a theater at Powell and Ellis streets that had been destroyed in the earthquake and fire.


Owner/SourceAmerican Conservatory Theater (ACT), San Francisco
Date1910
File nameColumbiaTheater-1910.jpg
File Size44.42k
Dimensions500 x 405
Linked toJacob J. GOTTLOB; Joseph GOTTLOB

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