The reconstructed Eagle Theatre in Old Town Sacramento in its exact historic location
The Eagle Theatre in Gold Rush-era Sacramento was the first permanent theatre to be built in the state of California. Established in 1849 this relatively small structure was originally wood-framed and canvas-covered with a tin roof and a packed earth floor. The theatre was inundated by flood waters January 4, 1850.
Located at 925 Front Street, it was one of the earliest structures in the new city. It featured many different types of entertainment for a rough crowd of wild west pioneers and gold miners from the small but rapidly growing area.
Today the theatre is owned by California Department of Parks and Recreation and is administered by the California State Railroad Museum as part of the Old Sacramento State Historic Park. It is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a former owner of theatre.
The Eagle Theatre was featured on the Travel Channel paranormal series Ghost Adventures when Zak Bagans investigated the theater while the team was exploring the Sacramento Underground spaces, and caught a chilling image of a rocking chair rocking by itself.