Box Office Hours
The Historic Fallon
House box office hours vary according to the season.
Currently, the box office is open 2 hours before curtain time only.
A stone cutter from
Ireland, Owen Fallon arrived in Columbia with his family in 1856. In
1857, he bought a boarding house known as the Maine House and operated
it until it burned in the great fire of 1857. Fallon rebuilt but the
second building was also destroyed by fire in 1859. Having learned his
lesson, the third building was built of brick and opened in 1860 as the
Owen Fallon’s son James built a new dance hall and theatre behind the
hotel in 1885. The dance floor was supported by iron springs and was
known for its “bounce”. From 1890 to 1944 ownership changed hands often
as did the name. It was known as the Kress Hotel, the Columbia Hotel
and Opera House, the Smith Hotel and the Columbia Inn.
The University of the Pacific owned the building up until 1947 when the
California State Park System purchased it as part of the beginnings of
Columbia State Historic Park. The theatre continued to be used by
University of the Pacific theatrical students for summertime
performances until 1982.
In 1983, the entire structure was restored and opened as the Fallon
House Hotel and Theatre. After the restoration, the Columbia Community
College Drama Department produced shows at the theatre as Columbia
Actor’s Repertory until 1997.
Sierra Repertory Theatre at the Fallon
Fall of 1997, Sierra Repertory Theatre expanded into the
Historic Fallon House Theatre. It was a homecoming to the management of
Sierra Rep. It was there that the five founding members met as staff
and actors of University of Pacific’s summer stock program.
Since taking over at the Fallon, Sierra Rep has produced shows
particularly well suited to the Fallon’s historic and western nature
such as Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma! and Paint Your Wagon.