Forepaugh's Theater

253 N. 8th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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The Bijou Theatre was opened in 1877 and was designed by the Wilson Brothers. It was renamed Forepaugh’s Theatre in 1884. The Forepaugh’s Theatre, was operated by a theatrical family of the same name, and presented legitimate theatre and repertory theatre for many years.

By 1941, it had become a movie theatre, and was demolished in 1960.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on February 4, 2010 at 10:10 am

Here are two photos from the Temple digital library:

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 4, 2010 at 11:55 am

Forepaugh’s Theatre is listed under Philadelphia in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. The Mgr. was Mrs. John A. Forepaugh. Ticket prices ranged from 10 cents to 50 cents. The seating: Orchestra, 550; Balcony: 500; Gallery: 1,400; total: 2,450. There were also 400 standing spaces on the orchestra floor. The theater had both gas and electric illumination. The proscenium opening was 29.5 feet wide X 32 feet high; the stage was 24 feet deep, and there were 7 members of the house orchestra. The auditorium was on the ground floor.

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