Fox's New American Theatre, Chestnut Street at 10th

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Fox's New American Theatre, Chestnut Street at 10th

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Item No: pdcl00133
Title: Fox's New American Theatre, Chestnut Street at 10th
Additional Title: Fox's Chestnut Street Theatre, north side of Chestnut Street at 10th
Historic Street Address: Tenth and Chestnut Streets
Historic Street Address: Washington Square West
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection
Notes: "This theater was built on the site of the original Academy of Fine Arts, and opened in December 1870. It offered variety shows that included ballets, musical performers, acrobats and magicians, and was in existence until after the turn of the century."--OPEP, p. 139.
Notes: The building with a large first floor entrance which sits forward the main building. On the roof of the entrance is a large clock with an eagle at the top. A man is leaning on the roof peering over the edge. On the main building toward the top is a sign: "Fox's New American Theatre, erected 1870." On either side of the entrance are stores. On the left: "J. Theo. Doll Fancy Goods", and on the right: "Men's furnishing goods, collar cuffs ... Wm. E. Hooper & Co., late of 9th & Arch." Sign leaning in front of store on left: "Doll's new store, croquet, cheapest in the city, 1027 Chestnut St." Three street lamps, each with a sign: "Fox's New American Theatre"; and signboards leaning against them: on the left "J. Theo. Doll, fancynovelties...", on the right "Notice! linen collars and cuffs..." Men in front of the stores and the theater.
Bibliography: Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.

Creation Year: ca. 1885
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Latitude:39.950066
Geocode Longitude:-75.156891

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.2
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler