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Blanchard's Amphitheatre

Chatham Street, New York, NY

Began as a canvas tent in the Chatham Gardens (right by the Park Theatre) for summer concerts. Then, manager Hippolite Barriere added dramatic works to the bill. But the Park Theatre's manager pressured the authorities to enforce fire laws. Rather than give in, Barriere built a permanent building in 1824. In 1829, James Hackett took over and renamed it the American Opera House, therein changing the policy. In 1830, it offered equestrian shows. It was converted to a chapel (later hotel) in 1832.

Built: 1823     Closed: 1832   

Theatre Names Named
Blanchard's Amphitheatre 1830      equestrian shows
American Opera House 1829     
Chatham Gardens Theatre 1823     

Chatham Gardens Theatre Production Dates
The Saw Mill
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Music by Micah Hawkins; Lyrics by Micah Hawkins
Nov 29, 1834 - Feb 05, 1835