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Merced Theatre

El Pueblo de Los Angeles

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
1. Merced Theatre Marker
Inscription. The Merced Theatre was built in 1870 and is one of the oldest structures erected in Los Angeles for the presentation of dramatic performances. It served as the center of theatrical activity in the city from 1871 to 1876. The theatre was built by William Abbot, the son of Swiss immigrants who settled in Los Angeles in 1854. In 1858, he married the woman for whom he would name the theatre, Maria Merced Garcia, the daughter of Jose Antonio Garcia and Maria Guadalupe Uribe, who were long-time residents of the Los Angeles pueblo.

The theatre was designed by Ezra F. Kysor, the architect of the Pico House. Similar to the Pico House, Kysor used the Italianate style, but made the building more ornate. The theatre was located on the second floor of the three-story building. The ceiling of the second story is higher than that of the Pico House next door, an adjustment to allow for the stage, scenery and props. Thus, the building itself rises somewhat above the Pico House. Construction was completed in December, 1870 and the first performance, a melodrama entitled "Fanchon the Little Cricket," opened on January 30, 1871. Performances were mainly given in English, although some productions were presented in Spanish. Ticket prices ranged from 50 cents in the balcony to $1.00 for "parquette chairs."

The opening of Wood's Opera
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By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
2. Merced Theatre
House in 1876, which was located only four doors south of the Merced, as well as a smallpox epidemic which struck the area that same year led to the decline of the Merced Theatre. The last performance was given on New Year's Day, 1877.
 
Location. 34° 3.348′ N, 118° 14.404′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from North Main Street north of Arcadia Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 North Main Street, Venice CA 90291, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pico House (here, next to this marker); Plaza Fire House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles (about 500 feet away); Father Junipero Serra 1713-1784 (about 500 feet away); Bella Union Hotel Site (about 500 feet away); Los Angeles Plaza (about 500 feet away); The Old Spanish Trail (about 600 feet away); Latino Blood, American Hearts (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Also see . . .  William Abbot ( - 1879) - Find A Grave Memorial. (Submitted on December 27, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentHispanic AmericansNotable Buildings
 
Merced Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
3. Merced Theatre
Merced Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, July 28, 2010
4. Merced Theatre
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 686 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 26, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   2, 3, 4. submitted on December 27, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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