Exploring the History of Theater - in One Amazing City
June 25, 2021
12. Stages of Fire

How Philadelphia'a many theater fires in the 1800s affect the physical environment of plays, even today.

Fires were a real danger in 19th Century theater, and some Philadelphia theaters were burned down and rebuilt multiple times. Inevitably, in some of these fires performers, audience members, and firefighters lost their lives. In this episode we go on exploration of how theater fires in the 1800s affect the physical environment that we experience plays in today.

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