Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre

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The Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, known as the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre or simpy the Mountain Theatre, is a 4,000 seat open air venue in Mount Tamalpais State Park, in Marin County, California, United States.

History[edit]

Beginning in 1913 Mount Tamalpais had hosted theatrical performances known as Mountain Plays in a natural amphitheatre setting 2000' above sea level. In the first two decades the performances were accessed by hiking or riding the winding Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway.[1] The railway was led by businessman Sidney B. Cushing, and in 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps began construction of a 4,000 seat stone amphitheater that was named the Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre in his honor.[2][3] The amphitheatre was constructed by the corps using massive serpentine rocks.[1] In 1967 the venue hosted the two-day Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival, widely considered the first outdoor rock festival ever during of the Summer of Love.[4] It hosts theatrical productions each year in the spring.

In response to the California State Parks budget crisis, on June 21, 2013, the Tamalpais Conservation Club hosted a benefit concert, Mount Tam Jam, with profits going towards funding a broad range of needed resources, from ranger and maintenance services to equipment for trail and bridge restoration and more expedient emergency response. This first eight-hour festival resulted in a sell-out crowd under perfect weather conditions. The musical lineup included Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs, Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Review, Taj Mahal, CAKE and Galactic.[5] The ultimate aim is to make Mount Tam Jam an annual, sustainable revenue source, a festive event that honors the spirit of the mountain and its legacy while preserving and protecting Mt. Tam and the Amphitheater for generations to come.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mountain Play: History". Mountain Play Association. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mount Tamalpais State Park CCC Features". State of California. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Liberatore, Paul (April 12, 2008). "Veterans of 75-year-old Civilian Conservation Corps honored at Mountain Theater". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Lomas, Mark. "Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival". Marin History. Marin Independent Journal. Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
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Coordinates: 37°54′46″N 122°36′32″W / 37.91278°N 122.60889°W / 37.91278; -122.60889