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Philadelphia Theater History Walking Tour - October 23rd, 2021

Philadelphia Theater History Walking Tour - October 23rd, 2021

Here are some photos from the FIRST EVER Adventures in Theater History Walking Tour.

I led a walking tour along the streets of Philadelphia on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021. We began at the corner of South and Front Streets in Old City Philadelphia, and slowly worked our way west and north from there.

Stops included: the sites of the very first theaters ever built in Philadelphia and the childhood home of Edwin Forrest, the Theatre of the Living Arts, the grave of Edwin Forrest, the Walnut Street Theatre, the former sites of Ricketts' Circus and the Chestnut Street Theatre . . plus, a running tally of all the many sites of famous Philadelphia theater fires!

Of course, often on the tour we were discussing buildings and places that vanished long ago. An online document was sent to all participants at the beginning of the tour, so they could view historic Images on their mobile device. But, as you can see, I was also clutching a printout of the document myself, and often referred to it.

Best of all, we were able to spend some time in the lobby of the historic Walnut Street Theatre, looking at all the wonderful and rare objects and photos that are on display there.

Thank to everyone who came along for the tour! Looking forward to the day when we do another one, and meet some more long time listeners and supporters! 

Above: The Elusive Chris Colucci, taking some of these photos! Thanks to Sloan Garner for this pic of him at work.