Prune Street Theatre (518 Locust Street)

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Prune Street Theatre (518 Locust Street)

Item Info

Item No: pdcc00131
Title: Prune Street Theatre (518 Locust Street)
Additional Title: Debut of "Home, Sweet Home"
Historic Street Address: 518 Locust Street
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Halftone newspaper reproduction of original photograph.


The building was originally a cotton warehouse before it was adapted to meet the requirements of a theatre by Stanislaus Surin in 1820. During the next five years it was also known as the Winter Tivoli Theatre and the City Theatre. It was at the Prune Street Theatre that the song "Home, Sweet Home" was first heard in America with the debut of John Howard Payne's melodrama, "Clari, the Maid of Milan".

In 1825 Jefferson Medical College used the building until their new facility on Tenth Street was completed in 1829.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.150373
Geocode Latitude:39.946314

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