Item: Arch Street Theatre
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Record Number: 5661
Address: Arch Street
Philadelphia , PA
Date of Original: circa 1863
Original Format: Photographs › Black and white
Image description: Once located on Arch Street between 6th and 7th Streets, the Arch Street Theatre was one of the nation's oldest theatres. The theatre opened in 1828 and rose to prominence in the 1850s and 1860s under the management of William Wheatley and John Drew. In 1861, Drew's wife, Louise Lane Drew, took over ownership of the theatre and modernized its accomodations, brining in plush seating and crystal chandeliers. The Arch Street Theatre is also notable for counting the actor (and later Presidential assassin) John Wilkes Booth among its performers in the 1850s and 1860s.