Oscar Wilde In America

DETAiled verification of Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of North America

San Jose


California Theatre

Monday, April 3, 1882

The Decorative Arts


Newspaper report

San Jose Daily Herald, April 4, 1882


California Theatre

c. 81-85 South Second Street, San Jose, CA

Opened: 1879; in the former Central Hall building, the first of three theaters in San Jose to bear the name California Theatre

Destroyed (fire): July 2, 1892

1) The Salt Lake Tribune, July 3, 1892, 1

2) The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois), July 5, 1892, 7


According to Robert D. Pepper [1] there was no north bound train back to San Francisco after Wilde's lecture so it is likely that Wilde stayed over night in San Jose.

Wilde lectured the following night in Stockton, and the map opposite shows his possible routes.

[1] Oscar Wilde | Irish Poets and Poetry of the Nineteenth Century, Robert. D. Pepper, 1972.

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