Laguna Playhouse Moulton Theatre
Mrs. Lewis Moulton was a founder of the Laguna Playhouse. As a major donor for the 1969 construction of the Moulton Theatre, Nellie provided a $100,000 gift that made the new playhouse possible. She was pivotal to the fundraising campaign that secured this $450,000 350 seat theater in her nineties.
William L. Pereira & Associates designed the building. William was an architect family friend who submitted a series of designs to the development committee. He was the master planner for the city of Irvine, California, San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid, and designer of the “Ziggurat” Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel. His work was honored as the featured September 1963 cover of Time Magazine. The Moulton Museum has a collection of his sketches in the archive with handwritten notes of appreciation to the family.
2018 Gala Honoring the Moulton Family
“Honoring the Moulton family on the 50th Anniversary of the Moulton Theatre is such a wonderful time to share the story of Lewis and Nellie Gail Moulton. Nellie Gail Moulton generously contributed to building the Laguna Moulton Playhouse in 1967,” said Event Co-chair and Season Producer Lisa Hale. “The Playhouse opened with its first performances in 1968 and the same structure continues today as The Laguna Playhouse and Moulton Theatre.”
“Nellie Gail loved Laguna and she loved The Playhouse. Our family helping to protect its history and secure its future is the right thing to do,” said great grandson and Playhouse Board Member, Jared Mathis.
Burgi added, “The resources at the theater; it’s just incredible. They put on incredible shows. I just encourage people to go out and support their local arts.”
Joining the Playhouse Board of Directors in 2013, Jared Mathis has reconnected the Playhouse to its past and currently serves as Treasurer. Over fifty-years ago Jared's great-grandmother Nellie Gail Moulton was a driving force behind the construction of the current Playhouse and Moulton Theater we all enjoy. Jared, pictured with his wife Kate and three daughters, brought the support of the Moulton Family back to the Playhouse as they recently pledged and delivered $1,000,000 to the Playhouse to support operations and make improvements to our building and stage. Much of the Moulton Family gift has funded our ongoing exterior facelift and the current upgrades to our interior restrooms. Thank you Jared Mathis and the entire Moulton Family!
Watch the history of the Laguna Playhouse by the Laguna Historical Society here.