Kiralfy's Alhambra Palace

Item Info

Item No: pdcc00104
Title: Kiralfy's Alhambra Palace
Additional Title: Summer Theatre and Concert Garden, Philadelphia
Historic Street Address: Broad & Locusts Streets
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Groups of well-dressed people stand outside the front of the theatre;  a carriage pulled by two horses speeds down the street; a young boy holding flyers runs towards a group of people; three flags fly from the rooftop.


This extraordinary building was opened in 1876 as Kiralfy's Alhambra Palace. The Kiralfy brothers were successful entertainers and impresarios who toured the country with their theatrical extravaganzas often to their own theaters. Inspired by the Moorish style of architecture this palatial building featured two large domes, and its ornate interior was painted in brilliant colors reminiscent of its namesake in Spain. The general public could enjoy a beer garden and an open-air restaurant. The theatre underwent many architectural modifications during its long history, becoming known as the Broad Street Theatre before being demolished in 1937.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.164576
Geocode Latitude:39.948223

Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler