Philadelphia's "New Theatre" on Chestnut Street, Thomas Birch, circa 1800.
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Image of the front of the theater.

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

When it opened in 1794, Philadelphia's Chestnut Street Theatre was the grandest and most elegant theater in the United States. Remodeled in 1805 from designs of Benjamin H. Latrobe, it burned down in 1820.

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