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Edwardian Ball to Bring a Crowd to the Tower Theater Saturday Night

By Samantha Page
Published: Friday, January 30, 2009, at 08:36PM
Tower Theater Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The historic Tower Theater on Broadway

Organizers of the Edwardian Ball are expecting over 600 people to turn out to the Tower Theatre on Saturday night for "an elegant, turn of the century celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus arts, DJs, ballroom dance, fashion, technology, and of course, the art and stories of Edward Gorey."

Designed by S. Charles Lee -- who also did the Los Angeles Theater on Broadway -- the Tower opened in 1927 as the first movie palace in Downtown wired for sound. While recent years have seen plenty of film shoots, public events in the theatre are rare.

As a pretty big Edward Gorey fan (he was author and illustrator of The Gashleycrumb Tinies and The Doubtful Guest, among many other macabre and hilarious works), I am very excited to be on hand to take pictures of the scene and also to report back to Downtowners about what the inside of the theater actually looks like!

The Edwardian Ball, originally of San Francisco, is certainly a unique and appropriate way to put the "Spanish-Romanesque-Moorish"-designed theater back on the nightlife scene in Downtown.

You can read about the ball at Tickets are $25 (or $75 for a VIP status that includes a hosted absinthe bar) and will be available at the door. Doors open at 8pm.


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