Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 35

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 35

Item Info

Item No: pdcc01822
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 35
Historic Street Address: Broad Street & Montgomery Avenue
Historic Street Address: Tenth and Chestnut Streets
Historic Street Address: Washington Square West
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Item pdcc00120, top right [image dimensions 7.0 cm x 9.7 cm]:

Halftone reproduction of original photograph. Caption hand-written in pen bottom of image.

Founded by Gustav Hinrichs, the opera house was built in 1888 and was home to the National Grand Opera.

Building demolished: YES 1940


Item pdcl00133, bottom [image dimensions 16.9 cm x 12.4 cm]:

"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.

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.

Building demolished: YES


Item pdcl00133: Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.157043
Geocode Latitude:39.950007

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.2
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
Hinrichs, Gustav, 1850-1942