1003 Arch Street,
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The Arch Street Opera House opened in 1870, and was burned down two years later, but was rebuilt and reopened. It was renamed the Park Theatre in 1879. In 1883, another fire gutted the theatre and it was again rebuilt, reopened a year later as the New Arch Street Opera House. From 1889-1892, the theatre underwent numerous name changes, as well as a handful of remodelings and alterations between the early-1890’s and 1905.
By the early years of the 20th century, it was the Trocadero Theatre, shortened to the Troc by the 1940’s. In addition to live entertainment, the Trocadero Theatre also served as a movie house, though, by the early-1940’s, the Troc Theatre was operating as a burlesque house. In the late-1970’s, after falling into disrepair, the Trocadero Theatre was restored both inside and out. The theatre was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1973, and to the National Register of Historic Places five years later.
In recent decades, the Trocadero Theatre was a concert venue which also showed movies on Monday nights until July 29, 2019 when the final movie screened was “Pulp Fiction”. The Trocadero Theatre had closed to live shows in May 2019 as the building’s owners had announced the fabled theatre’s long run would come to a close.
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