Golden Gate Theatre
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre originally opened as a venue for vaudeville in 1922. Later on it became a major movie theater. During the 1960’s, Golden Gate had a Cinerama screen. However it had declined by the early 70’s to such an extent that it was showing blaxploitation movies. During the late 1970’s, the theater was restored and become a venue for the performing arts.
The Golden Gate Theatre, in addition to the Curran and Orpheum theaters also located in San Francisco, are partially owned by James Nederlander and Carole Shorenstein Hays. Over the years numerous Broadway shows have been brought to Northern California by the Golden Gate Theatre, including Rent, Chicago, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Stomp, Sweeney Todd and A Chorus Line. Legally Blonde: The Musical also had its preview engagement at the theater before going to Broadway.
South Pacific’s US national tour, based on the Tony winning 2008 revival, is opening at the Golden Gate Theatre in September 2009 and then ill wembark on a national tour of the US.
Fiddler on the Roof’s national tour, with Harvey Feirstein in the starring role, played January to February 21, at Golden Gate Theatre. West Side Story’s national tour will be playing at Golden Gate in fall 2010.