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This page affords you a preview of additional theatres we’re currently working on and will soon add to this website.

There are 13 theatres in the hopper right now. Scroll down to read more and preview the theatres we’ll be adding soon!



American Southwest
Fox Tucson Theatre

Fox Tucson Theatre

First Opened: 11th April 1930
Photoshoot Completed: 27th August 2019

The Fox Tucson Theatre opened on April 11, 1930, as a dual vaudeville/movie house. The Fox featured a stage, full fly-loft, and dressing rooms beneath the stage. The combined effects of “talkies” and the Depression limited the opportunities for live performance, and the dressing rooms were never completed.


Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix

Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix

First Opened: 5th January 1929
Photoshoot Completed: 28th August 2019

Opened on January 5, 1929, it was the pride of Phoenix, a town of 48,000. It had 1,800 seats and an early form of air conditioning, which made it the place to see and be seen in the city! Its 101 feet of stage width and 28 feet of depth made the Orpheum the only theatre between Los Angeles and Denver able to handle the traveling vaudeville shows that changed weekly.




California (outside the L.A. Metro area)
Balboa Theatre, San Diego

Balboa Theatre, San Diego

First Opened: 28th March 1924
Photoshoot Completed: 23rd October 2019

Opened in 1924 as a vaudeville theatre and movie palace, architect William H. Wheeler designed the Balboa in a combination of Moorish and Spanish Revival styles. Wheeler incorporated 20ft-high waterfalls into the auditorium, flanking the proscenium arch and helping to assist with air cooling within the theatre. The Balboa underwent an extensive renovation in 2005 and reopened in 2008.


Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara

Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara

First Opened: 9th April 1924
Photoshoot Completed: 19th September 2019

The Granada Theatre is Santa Barbara’s oldest standing movie palace and the tallest building in the city. Opened in May 1924, the Granada famously survived the devastating earthquake of 1925. A major renovation took place in the early 2000s, and in 2008 the theatre reopened as the destination for large-scale touring productions, and the new home for multiple Santa Barbara-resident companies including the Santa Barbara Symphony and Opera Santa Barbara.


Observatory North Park, San Diego

Observatory North Park, San Diego

First Opened: 17th January 1929
Photoshoot Completed: 8th October 2019

Opened as the North Park Theatre in early 1929 by Fox West Coast Theatres, it was touted as the first theatre in the U.S. to be designed from its foundations upwards for the exhibiting of sound, synchronized, and talking pictures. In 2005 the theatre underwent a major renovation. It is now a popular and vibrant live entertainment and music venue.


San Diego Civic Theatre

San Diego Civic Theatre

First Opened: 12th January 1965
Photoshoot Completed: 17th January 2020

The San Diego Civic was designed by Lloyd Ruocco and is home to San Diego Opera. It has played host to the largest shows and concerts to visit San Diego over the last 50+ years. The Civic is the region’s largest and greatest-attended performing arts venue.




Los Angeles: L.A. Metro Area
Alex Theatre, Glendale

Alex Theatre, Glendale

First Opened: 4th September 1925
Photoshoot Completed: 21st September 2019

The Alex Theatre opened in September 1925 as a movie theatre and vaudeville house called the Alexander Theatre. It was built by theatre magnate C.L. Langley, who named the theatre for his son Claude Alexander. Following various modernizations over its life, in 1993 the Alex was restored back to its 1925 glory.




United Kingdom: outside London
Britannia Panopticon, Glasgow

Britannia Panopticon, Glasgow

First Opened: 26th December 1859
Photoshoot Completed: 23rd December 2019

The Britannia Panopticon is one of the United Kingdom’s oldest remaining music halls and is located within the Britannia building in the Trongate area of Glasgow. The building and its music hall was built by Archibald Blair and designed by architects Thomas Gildard and Robert H.M. MacFarlane. It is the site of Stan Laurel’s first stage appearance.


Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

First Opened: 28th December 1878
Photoshoot Completed: 23rd December 2019

The Citizens Theatre first opened as Her Majesty’s Theatre and Royal Opera House in December 1878. It is notable for still having much of its original elaborate Victorian stage machinery. The Glasgow Corporate purchased the theatre in 1955 and leased it to the Citizens company, resulting in it becoming the Citizens Theatre.


Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man

Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man

First Opened: 16th July 1900
Photoshoot Completed: 28th December 2019

The Gaiety Theatre was constructed on the site of a largely unsuccessful entertainment pavilion, and incorporates parts of the pavilion structure (most notably the roof) into the current building. Renowned UK theatre architect Frank Matcham was engaged to build the new theatre, and the Gaiety is now considered one of his finest surviving theatres.


Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

First Opened: 11th October 1897
Photoshoot Completed: 29th December 2019

The Lyceum Theatre is the only surviving theatre outside of London designed by noted theatre architect William G.R. Sprague. The current theatre is the third to have been built on the site. Despite having been threatened with demolition in the 1970s, and falling into a state of disrepair by the 1980s, the Lyceum was fully refurbished and reopened in December 1990.


Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

First Opened: 28th November 1867
Photoshoot Completed: 24th December 2019

The Theatre Royal is Glasgow’s oldest theatre having first opened in 1867. Following a fire, the theatre was rebuilt in 1880 to the designs of Charles J. Phipps, and is now the largest surviving example of Phipps’ theatre work. In 1957 the theatre was turned into a television theatre for use by the then newly-formed Scottish Television (STV). Following STV’s move to larger premises, Scottish Opera bought the theatre and reopened it in 1975.




Washington DC
The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center

First Opened: 8th September 1971
Photoshoot Completed: 1st June 2018

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (formally called the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts, and commonly referred to as the Kennedy Center) is the United States National Cultural Center, located on the Potomac River, adjacent to the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.




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