The Nevada Theatre was built in 1865, making it
California’s oldest existing structure
erected as a theatre, as which it still serves.
The Nevada Theatre Association bought the lot and
the remains of the three-story brick Bailey House
in late 1864, in order to build a fine theatre.
Stock sold at $100 a share, with more than half
the money needed being raised in just one
afternoon. Things slowed down after that, but the
funds kept coming in. A ball was held in June
of 1865 which raised the rest of the money needed
to finish the theatre, which opened on
September 11 of 1865. The stage has held the likes
of Mark Twain and Ema Nevada, and has hosted
school plays, musical recitals, and various
rallies throughout its history.
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