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Guide to the Old Globe Theatre Photograph Collection
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Old Globe Theatre Photograph Collection
    Dates: 1935-1987
    Identification: MS-0178
    Creator: Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)
    Physical Description: 22.50 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791
    Other Information:
    An Old Globe Theatre production history is available in the Lewis A. Kenney Reading Room.

    Historical Note:

    The Old Globe Theatre opened for the 1935-36 California Pacific International Exposition on May 29, 1935, and is California's oldest professional theater. The Old Globe and its two neighboring buildings, Ye Olde Gift Shoppe and the Falstaff Tavern were temporary structures and by agreement were to be demolished at the end of the Exposition. Local citizens raised $10,000 in 1936 to have the buildings remodeled to conform to existing building codes and fire regulations.
    In February 1937, the State of California chartered the San Diego Community Theatre, a non-profit corporation, to coordinate fund raising and renovation activities for the Theatre as well as to create a producing organization. The Community Theatre leased the land and buildings in Balboa Park from the City of San Diego, and continues to do so at the present day. In 1958, the organization's name was changed to Old Globe Theatre, Inc.
    The renovated Old Globe Theatre opened on December 2, 1937 with John Van Druten's The Distaff Side. One of the cast members was Craig Noel who continued to act and direct at the Old Globe and became its artistic leader in 1947, and its Executive Producer in 1981. Through Craig Noel's efforts, the Falstaff Tavern became a second stage in 1963. This arrangement proved successful, and in 1969 the Tavern was remodeled and renamed the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, taking its name from the late San Diego arts patron and Shakespeare scholar.
    Arson destroyed the Old Globe Theatre on March 8, 1978. The Cassius Carter Centre, offices, dressings rooms, scenery, and costume shops were spared. An extensive fund raising effort enabled a New Old Globe to be opened on January 14, 1982. To meet the need for the summer Shakespeare Festival in 1978, the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Stage was erected.
    The three-theater complex of the Old Globe, the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, and the Festival Stage is named the Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts in honor of the late husband of Helen Edison who made the largest private donation to any San Diego performing arts institution when she contributed to the Old Globe building fund. The Centre has a total seating capacity of 1,446, and is unique in that all theater production facilities and administration offices are located within the complex. The Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts is a non-profit theater complex.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)

    Genre/Form of Material:


    Personal Name:

    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Film and video adaptations

    Topical Term:

    Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.) -- Archives
    Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.) -- Pictorial works
    San Diego (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- Sources
    Theater -- California -- San Diego -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Old Globe Theatre Photograph Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
    Old Globe Theatre Collection

    Scope and Contents

    This collection includes production photographs for Old Globe Theatre stage productions dating from 1935-1987.  They are filed chronologically, with photographs from each year's Shakespeare Festival grouped together at the end, also filed chronologically.