The Fourteenth Street Theater, 1916

The Fourteenth Street Theater, 1916
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This black and white portrait of the Fourteenth Street Theater, shows a storied theater converted to a silent movie house. This theater was built in 1866 as the Theater Francais and originally staged comic French operas. Over its lifetime it had been repurposed numerous times. Only a few years after its opening, it began to stage dramas and musicals, and was for a time a prime venue in New York City's burgeoning theater district. From the 1880s through the early Twentieth Century it was the home of J.H. Haverly's minstrels. Haverly was the P.T. Barnum of minstrel show managers.

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