Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, 1831 engraving by Fenner, Sears and Company, Philadelphia, after a drawing by Charles Burton.
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Engraving of the exterior of the Theater.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

First opened in 1809 as a showcase for the popular equestrian entertainments of the day, Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest playhouse in continuous use in the English-speaking world. When this etching was made in 1831, the Walnut was one of a series of theaters, including the larger Arch Street and Chestnut Street theaters, that offered a growing number of plays, comedies, musical performances, and other entertainments in Philadelphia.

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