An artist and dancer from New York, Marta Becket first visited the former railway town of Amargosa while on tour in 1964. Three years later she returned to town and bought a boarded-up theater that sat amid a group of rundown mock–Spanish colonial buildings. To compensate for the sparse audiences in the early days, Becket painted a Renaissance-era Spanish crowd on the walls and ceiling, turning the theater into a trompe-l'oeil masterpiece. A hotel still operates on site. Guided tours are available year-round for a suggested $5 donation per person.
Rte. 127, Death Valley Junction, California, 92328, United States
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