“Dance At The ANNUAL BALL” Vintage Ticket
Given by the
at Majestic Hall
Geary & Fillmore Sts., San Francisco
Saturday Eve., March 19, 1921
“To the strains of Basile’s Novelty Jazz Orchestra”
Couples 75 cents (Including War Tax) Extra Lady 35 cents
ORIGINAL Vintage 1921 Ticket
Dimensions: approximately 2.5″ x 4″
About the Majestic Hall:
San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium had its beginnings as the Majestic Hall, built in 1912. Emma Gates Butler hired James W. and Merritt Reid to build an Italianate-style dance hall at the southwest corner of Fillmore and Geary. When completed in 1912, it housed the Majestic Academy of Dancing. Wednesday night socials and masquerade balls were the usual fare, which were held on the second and third floors.
In the Thirties, the Fillmore was primarily a dance hall (with names such as The Get Acquainted Society and the Ambassador Dance Hall); in the Forties it was a roller rink; and in the Fifties, Charles Sullivan booked some of the biggest names in black music, such as James Brown, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Ike & Tina Turner.
In 1965, Bill Graham presented his first show at the Fillmore, a benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, which he managed at the time. As a rock venue, a legend was born, and Graham went on to feature many of the greatest names in early rock history, including Big Brother and the Holding Co., Jefferson Airplane, Cream, Moby Grape, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Steve Miller, Country Joe, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Santana, Butterfield Blues Band, Otis Redding, Howlin’ Wolf, Captain Beefheart, Muddy Waters, The Who… the list goes on and on.
The Fillmore closed after it was damaged in the 1989 earthquake. Bill Graham died in a helicopter accident near Vallejo, California, on October 25, 1991. After renovations, the Fillmore reopened on April 27, 1994, with The Smashing Pumpkins, Ry Cooder & David Lindley and American Music Club, and it continues to host a variety of concerts to this day.
An original ticket to the Killarney’s Annual Ball at Majestic Hall in 1921. Found in the building during renovations years ago, these tickets offer a unique glimpse into the social lives of San Francisco socialites at the start of the “roaring twenties.” We have several more of these, the ones in the photographs are a representative sampling. They all feature some soiling, staining and discoloration, but are mostly free of any tears or creases. For being nearly a century old they are in very good condition. They are stored and shipped flat in individual sleeves.
The price is for one ticket, but if you are interested in getting more than one and want to make an offer send us a message.
We are listing several other similar items from San Francisco in the 1920s so if you are interested check our other listings!