California Historic Landmarks

First Theater in California

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First Theater
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Landmark Number: 136
Location: Monterey State Historic Park, SW corner of Scott and Pacific Streets, Monterey, Monterey County
Marker Plaque: none


From California Historical Landmarks

This building was built about 1844 as a sailor's lodging house by Jack Swan. In 1848 it was commandeered by a group of mustered-out soldiers of Colonel Stevenson's regiment of New Yorkers looking for a place to put on plays and comedies. The theater afterward served as a whaling station, a lookout station having been added to the roof.




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