Perhaps, it being 2018, we're a little too far removed from the Panama Canal opening at the turn of the century to understand its significance to Americans. At least that's what I'm telling myself, because for the life of me, I can't understand why a San Diego magnate built a theater to commemorate the canal's opening. But that's what happened and that's why today we have the Spreckels Theater Building. It opened in 1912, and was originally meant to host only live theater performances. By the time "talkies" became popular, it was modified to show movies as well. I was impressed by the amount of 100+-year-old buildings in San Diego - this was a great example of one of them.