Trocadero Theatre

1003 Arch Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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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 theater and it was again rebuilt, reopened a year later as the New Arch Street Opera House. From 1889-1892, the theater 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 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 was restored both inside and out. The theater was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1973, and to the National Register of Historic Places five years later.

Today, the Trocadero is a concert venue which also shows movies on Monday nights.

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mikefrompenn
mikefrompenn on March 5, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Coolone, My uncle owned the SHOW BAR next to the Troc in the 60’s and 70’s. His name was Frank. His partner, before he bought him out, was his brother Casmire. Your Mother (stage name Jade Green) would have worked for Frank in the 70’s. I am sure I could find some pictures of her and my uncle. contact me at

Anyone else remember Frank from the Show Bar?

GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on May 11, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Theatre Historical Society of America will be visiting here sometime between July 7 to 11th 2009.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 11, 2009 at 11:41 pm

You can see the Show Bar in the 1969 photo.

robboehm
robboehm on May 12, 2009 at 8:25 pm

When I was stationed in Fort Dix in the early 60’s a bunch of the guys would venture into Philly. Some went to the Troc. My only burleque show during this period was “This Was Burlesque” with Ann Corio that was playing in New York.

416erika
416erika on October 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm

My mother worked (as a dancer) at the Troc during the mid 1970’s. I’d be thrilled if anyone had photos from that era. Her stage name was Sunshine and her real name was Diana.
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416erika
416erika on October 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

I just found out that my mom’s stage name was actually Sheri DeFore when she worked at the Troc. I’d love to hear from anyone who remembers her.

Piggalee
Piggalee on November 11, 2009 at 11:03 pm

My grandmother in Jade Green, I was wondering if anyone had any footage of her. my Dad past away and was my only link to my past. My grandfather is Dj Humble Harve whom I also know nothing about. My Dad’s post is above from 2006. If anyone has anything, I’d really appreciate the help.

Joey_Martini
Joey_Martini on February 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Recently found these backstage photos of the dancers backstage and a great story pertaining to them: http://www.robertadlerburlesque.com/gallery

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