Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 79

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 79

Item Info

Item No: pdcc01866
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 79
Historic Street Address: 1211 Chestnut Street
Historic Street Address: Washington Square West
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Item pdcl00136 [image dimensions 23.4 cm x 19.0 cm]:

"The Chestnut Street Theatre's long history began in 1794, when the theater was first built at Chestnut Street and 6th. The building shown here was the third theater known by this name, and was opened in 1863 after the second building (at 6th) was closed in 1855. Its manager was William Wheatley, a former actor turned manager (he also managed Niblo's Garden in New York, where he produced The Black Crook in 1866). The attraction featured in this photograph is Charles Hoyt's play A Day and a Night. The signboard near the entrance announced John J. McNally's A Reign of Error, with the Rogers Brothers. Next to the theater, left, is the old Concert Hall, which had become the location of the Free Library."--OPEP, p. 141.

The building with signs on front from top of third floor windows to bottom of second: "This week Hoyt's A Day and a Night". To the left of the theater is the Free Library and to the right, a piano shop with letters standing out from the building: "Steinway" both above the doorway and on the second floor. Streetcar tracks on Chestnut. Horse and carriage on street. Pole on the opposite side of the street with many electrical wires.


Item pdcl00136: Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.160412
Geocode Latitude:39.950146

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