Circle Star Theater

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The Circle Star Theatre was a performing arts venue in San Carlos, San Mateo County, California). Its name is based on it being a theater in the round, featuring a rotating circular stage with none of its 3,743 seats further than 50 feet (15 m) from the stage. Unlike similar venues across the US, the Circle Star Theatre Stage had the unique ability to rotate in either direction without limit thanks to the collector ring & brush system for infinite rotation. The theatre's address was 2 Circle Star Way, San Carlos, CA 94070.

Its original concept when it opened in the early 60s was a dinner theatre similar to the Hyatt House Theatre in Burlingame. Lewis & Dare productions hosted many Broadway touring shows such as The Odd Couple with Ernest Borgnine and Don Rickles.

In 1971, the theatre was purchased by Marquee Entertainment run by Don Jo Medlevine of the famed Chicago nightclub Chez Paree. Booking Vegas acts such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Wayne Newton among many others. In the mid 70's, the theatre kept alive by booking Motown acts to increase its diversity. [1]


The following musicians, actors, and comedians are among those who have appeared at the Circle Star:


Several tough financial runs after Don Jo Medlevine sold the theatre, the Circle Star ultimately failed under new ownership and was closed in December 1993.[2] The derelict building caught fire on April 18, 1997, damaging much of the backstage area, though by this time plans had already been made for its demolition.[3] The theater was ultimately demolished to make way for the Circle Star Center, a complex containing two four-story office buildings and a small hotel.


  1. ^ "Matters Historical: A brief time in the spotlight". San Mateo Daily News. 2006-09-30. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  2. ^ John Wildermouth (1995-01-06). "Bank Buys Circle Star Theater". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Marshall (1997-04-19). "Fire Damages Closed Theater: Cause unknown in smoky blaze at Circle Star Center". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 

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