Item No: pdcl00103
Title: Arch Street Theatre, Arch Street at 6th
Additional Title: Arch Street at 6th
Historic Street Address:
Sixth and Arch Streets
Print and Picture Collection
"This is the original theater in Arch Street which opened in 1828. It had a succession of managers, among whom were the famous Irish comedian John Drew and, later, his widow, Mrs. Louisa Drew (they were the parents of the more famous actor John Drew and the maternal grandparents of Ethel, Lionel and John Barrymore). The theater seen in this photo was badly damaged by fire in 1863 and subsequently remodelled extensively."--OPEP, p. 106.
The theater, with architectural sculpture on top frieze. Trolley tracks on street, men standing underneath street lamp in front. Signs on boards on each side of building for: "Paul Fry."
Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.
McAllister, John A. (John Allister), 1822-1896 - Photographer