"To Preserve, Promote, and Present 19th Century Melodramatic and
Historical Theatrical Productions"
In 1965 a group of community members
decided that Oakhurst needed something to
get the tourists driving through town on their
way to Yosemite National Park a reason to
stop (and spend money) in our Mountain
With the help of the current Chamber of
Commerce, the "Golden Chain Theatre" was
born. Performances were held at the Oakhurst
Community Center, and the theme was - 19th
Century Historical theatre, and MELODRAMA. The community took immediate pride in the newly-
formed troupe, and soon, it was obvious the players were outgrowing their space, and were ready for
the next step -- they needed their own building.
In 1972, the founding board members took a big chance -- each put their own houses up as collateral
to purchase the Snowline Bowling Alley, and convert it into a theatre. With unparalleled vision, this
dedicated group re-vamped the old bowling alley, converted the lanes to an auditorium, "downdated"
the Saloon, installed a few gift shops, and opened the doors.
Thank you to our founding members and visionaries!
In 1999, the Board of directors announced at the annual
Awards Night Banquet that the final payment on the
mortgage had been made -- the Golden Chain Theatre
now owned it's facility outright.
It's 2012 and we continue to grow, develop and improve.
The year 2001 brought Miss Patti Law, our Choreographer
in house, and opened the Golden Chain Theatre School of
Performing Arts. The Lobby and Auditorium were given a
new look, and a brand new parking lot was installed for
patrons, *and* the cast and crew.
All income for the theatre is currently derived from ticket sales and private donations. We are currently
investigating government and private funding grants to supplement our resources. We are dedicated
to providing 19th century historic and melodramatic presentations and instruction in theatre arts to our
local community, and the world. Your help, and sponsorship are important.