#TBT Circle Star Remembered

South San Francisco, CA        March 2, 2014

The Circle Star was known for the revolving stage which ensured all the  3743 seats were within 50 feet of the stage; there were no 'bad' seats in the house.

The Circle Star was known for the revolving stage which ensured all the 3743 seats were within 50 feet of the stage; there were no ‘bad’ seats in the house.

Social media, while marching ahead, looks back and embraces the past so much that it has even created a TBT; Throw Back Thursday.  Each Thursday people using social media such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook ‘hashtag’ TBT and share a photo from the past. This last Thursday our photo subject was Circle Start, thanks to local musician Dave Crimmen’s suggestion.  The photo received over 100 ‘LIKES’ and over 80 comments from neighbors sharing memories.

Circle Star opened in the early 60’s and boasted 3743 seats surrounding a revolving stage and since no seat was further than 50 seat from the stage, every seat in the house was perfect.  Circle Star closed it’s doors in 1993 and the building caught fire in 1997.  An office complex now stands in it’s foot print.

Our post this past Thursday was simple and we ask you all the same questions:   #TBT Circle Star, Who remembers this place and what shows did you see?

Jacqui Grant SOUND OF MUSIC.

Gigi Santinelli Santamaria I remember going there to see Rick James, and also went with my mother when I was a lot younger to see Tina Turner.

Gina Karas I saw a ton of country stars there, as well as Chuck Berry & Expose! Going way back!

Claire Murtagh O’Hara Wow I barely remember that. I saw Donnie and Marie osmond! Haa

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Rhod Wallace I fought Sonny Liston there.

Jeannette Yesitsnineletters Harry Chapin!!

Maria Pineda I remember this place! wow

Stephanie Miller Circle Star. I saw Jay Leno and ShaNaNa there about 40 years ago.

Lewis Caputa WOW…. Went there once with Andrew Greenlee and Andy McNeil and saw Bob Cat Goalthwait

Karen McEvoy Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers.

Ryan Rogers Frank Sinatra. Amazing show!

Christine Area I almost got hit by a piece of watermelon when I saw Gallagher there…

Brian Gavin Jackson 5, Dionne Warwick, Jerry Seinfeld

Kathy Loza I loved going to The Circle Star!!!

Margaret Morris Saw Richard Pryor there. He was hilarious!

Diana Gomez I just drove by here last week. Sad to see it’s gone. Burt Bacharach.

Allen Galli Nat King Cole, Pearl Bailey

Patricia Cariño Chan Diana Ross with Jerry Seinfeld as her opening act!

Debbie Leighton Doherty My mom would take me to the Children’s Theater productions there when I was a kid. I saw Kenny Rogers there and also Tim Allen.

Glen Wandersee Never saw a show,but mom saw,RICK JAMES,WITH MARY JANE GIRLS,OPEN FOR COMMODORES.

Keith Shawn Tower of Power rocked the place

Don Hageman I worked there with my mom and brother. My brother and I were ushers…

Peps Padilla Tower of Power Luther Vandross Jeffrey Osborne. Najee Earth Wind & Fire Con Funk Shun James Ingram. …. Those were the Days! Awesome venue. Not a bad seat in the house with the rotating stage

Raul Rodriguez Circle Star, I miss that place. Saw many shows especially MOTOWN, Smokey which I took Stella before we were married, Temps, 4 Tops, Stevie Wonder plus others!

Beverly Spatafore Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, George Carlin, Mac Davis and many more….

Vickie Pfeiffer Loved that place!! So many great shows there!! Good memories!

Mareth Vedder Gladys Knight, Smokey, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers come to mind off the top of my head. Wonderful memories!l

Bobbi Woolworth Johnny Cash, Mac Davis, The Carpenters, Don Williams, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Bobby Vinton, Reba McEntire

Vickie Pfeiffer Righteous Brothers, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Liberace, Kenny Rogers, Gallagher, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson–can’t remember the rest right now!! Fun times!!

Marco Ramirez mc hammer.. and an extra for a show called midnight caller

Patricia Baker As I kid, we went there to see “Wizard of Oz” and “Cinderella”. Later in life, I saw several country acts there, including the Bellamy Brothers, Larry Gatlin & Bros., George Jones, and (my favorite) Merle Haggard.

Cynthia Arias Stevie B!

Dirk Zander First concert Jackson 5 and I worked there in high school.

Ellen Minucciani Donnie and Marie, Sammy Davis Jr/Spinners, Sonny and Cher. Just to name a few…..

Lolita Batis-Mccoy Saw a few concerts there in the 70’s & 80’s.

John Predmore I do, I do, lived in Redwood city when was first transferred to the Bay Area… By General Electric Company!

Constance Maffei I used to work there. The last memorable shift I worked was Anita Baker…ask Krisi Riccardi what made that night so hard to forget. On second thought, let’s just leave that one in the past.

Rebecca Crociani wow I went there a bunch of times with my husband back then he was my boyfriend but we had a great time at that place

Theresa Di Falco Neil Diamond, Sonny and Cher, Rufus, Al Green.

Laurie Ratliff Weird Al Yankovitch in the mid 80’s.

Gloria Nuanes Merino WAR

Carol Fink Broussard Sonny & Cher, George Benson

Barbara Bathurst O’Donnell Cheech and Chong, the play “Unsinkable Molly Brown”, Smokey Robinson……maybe more. Circle Star is gone?

Kim Hawkins-Lerch The Jackson 5

Anita Porpoise The Ohio Players, The Temptations, Kenny G, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, and probably others. Saw The Music Man and Oliver there. Also ushered for Liberace when I was 11 or 12, under age.

Rose Rudometkin Many shows… Smokey, k c & sunshine band. Frank Sinatra, WAR, al Green, E,W!& F, and many more. It was a nice theater in the round.

Jay Morena Shanana


Joyce Messing Jaws

Whitney Connors-Pasion ohhhh ya!!!! Carpenters ……Peaches and Herb……..Commodores……….Tower of Power

Muriel Pleasic Peninger Tom Jones every year.

Noel Hayes BB King. Bobby Blue Bland, James Brown, Sinatra, Roy Buchanan, Dr John, Lonnie Mack, and Many other Blues bands andsaw the ones on this list many times there

Jon Henz yes Jackson 5/ tom jones/ the polish prince and a lot more all seats were great stage rotated lots of Mexican singers Vicente Fernandez tony Orlando wow what memories /tower of power

Steve Firpo My wife worked there for two years. Bill Cosby, frank Sinatra and Tim jones pretty good shows.

Christina Fedelin Oates Kool and the Gang, Jackson Five, Ohio Players, Stylistics, Whispers, Commodores, and so many others. So many great memories. I really miss that place.

Karen Johanson I saw a theater in the round productions of Peter Pan, with Mary Crosby as Peter, and Carousel with Anna Maria Albraghetti (sp?). Many concerts in the following years.

Johnny Wad Goldthwaite Roy Orbison and Frank Sinatra

Wesley Nelson You did not see Frank???

Tom Gerkensmeyer Frank Sinatra, BB King, George Carlin. parking lot was a great place to see 4th fireworks

Susan Gerkensmeyer O’Hare Hey Tom you saw those guys there?? I never knew!! I saw a few in my day too.

Cathy Duncan Gallagher.

Kathleen Rogers Frank Sinatra, Liberace, Redd Foxx, The Kingston Trio to name a few. What a

Bobbi Woolworth Johnny Cash, Mac Davis, The Carpenters, Don Williams, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Bobby Vinton, Reba McEntyre

Peggy Vogele Kid in the 60’s….Lil Abner & Babe’s In Toyland

Mike Delucci Where was this at?

Darlene Yee Peter Pan, Redd Foxx, and Rodney Dangerfield

Tanya Benedik Willie Nelson!

Sherrie Haas Escamilla Barbara Marjorie Israel and Bob took us to see Tom Jones in the 70’s.

Karen Cass Too many to count. The best was Liberacie on the revolving stage in his outrageous costumes.

Claus Heaney Frank Zappa, Chicago, Chaka Khan….

Athena De Leon is the drive in

Reenie Eaton Saw Cheech and Ching there while in high school. Fun times. Rode from SSF all the way in the back of a pick up truck with friends Debbie Hensic Loudon Mary Brasher etc.

Sandie Ferrari Rocky!!!!!!

Robert Landucci Shanana, George Carlin. Parents saw Frank Sinatra here.

Kenneth Buhagiar Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor (Tim Allen), Michael McDonald, Kenny G (yuck), wanted to see Sinatra but couldn’t get away.

Andy Chan Gallagher, Dangerfield, Carlin… music groups America, Tower of Power, Peaches and Herb… I think Doobie Bros played there too, but I think I saw them at the “Day on the Green” years

Harry Hamaker Dad taught me how to drive stick in circle star parking lot…skateboard ed PLENTY there aswell

Diane Gagliani I saw Frank Sinatra at the Circle Star and Neil Diamond and Tower of Power.

Mike Erin Girimonte to many to remember,our dear friend Ida Hynes used to be an usher there for years

Helene Orsini-Vencill Many shows I have see there. Dianna Ross, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Sony and Cher and the Fifth Dimensions.

Jan Mazzotti Diana Ross…Sonny & Cher….Kenny Rogers and I’m sure some more stars. Loved that place, lots of great memories. Usually went out to dinner first at maybe “Charlie Brown’s” (remember that one?)

Don Lucchesi Stevie Wonder!

Cecil Branner LL Cool J , D.R.S , & H-TOWN

Steve Johnson I auditioned for a scholarship. Shelly winters was the judge. Dead drunk at 2 pm and snored through my best willy loman. Never went back



11 comments for “#TBT Circle Star Remembered

  1. Steve Marinucci
    April 9, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Saw Jerry Lee Lewis, Barry Manilow, George Carlin (more than once, I think), Tavares, Aretha Franklin, Ike and Tina (with one extremely sexual song) and the Temptations.

  2. Bob Cannard
    January 28, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Cheech and Chong at their peak c.1975, opening act was the Pointer Sisters. Twenty years later, Chuck Berry. He drove his own car to the show. The back up band barely knew the music.

  3. Kevin Bates
    July 21, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    BB King @ Bobby Blue Bland & George Carlin.

  4. Charles O
    August 1, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Was there to see Tom Jones on four different shows.
    He was great every time. What a voice and a performer…

  5. Christeen Rees
    December 7, 2015 at 4:41 am

    My very 1st concert when I was 5 years old with my mom to see Tom Jones!! (1975?) I remember his great songs and amazing voice!!!

  6. Harold
    January 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    The year was 1973, Barry White, Love Unlimited and Love Unlimited Orchestra. Opening act was The Dells.

  7. June 5, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I remember going to the circle star to see the Jackson 5ive 1973 I believe. Man I was so in disbelief!!! I saw MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!

  8. Debra Wakefield
    December 5, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I lived very close to the theatre! I saw the Jackson 5 in 1973 with Michael Jackson, i was 10 yrs old. He was an amazing singer and awesome dancer, even as a lil’ kid!..Great performance by the “5”!….daw other famous singers/groups there too! Great place.

  9. Debra Wakefield
    December 5, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    I lived very close to the theatre! I saw the Jackson 5 in 1973 with Michael Jackson, i was 10 yrs old. He was an amazing singer and awesome dancer, even as a lil’ kid!..Great performance by the “5”!….saw other famous singers/groups there too! Great place!

  10. Sheldon Cooper
    January 25, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I was fortunate enough to see Frank Sinatra with my co-worker Clay who had a extra ticket and is a big Sinatra fan. After seeing Frank in concert I am now a big Sinatra fan. His voice was great! I was at the April 27th 1991 concert.

  11. June 25, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Former auditorium & entertainment center was built in the early 1960’s until closed in 1993 & demolished in 1997 22 years ago converted into commercial center & a hotel too & it is history as a iconic landmark.

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