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Franklin Museum

175 Chatham Street, New York, NY

The small Franklin Theatre prospered until the Panic of 1837 scared off its fashionable audience, forcing the struggling theatre to change its policy to melodrama at reduced rates. It became the Little Drury, adding German-language and minstrel productions. Later, as the Franklin Museum, it presented "living statues"--really an excuse to view scantily clad models. In the 1840s, the outcry against shows of this type led to the Common Council closing any offending houses. The Franklin shuttered in 1854.

Built: 1835     Closed: 1854   

Theatre Names Named
Franklin Museum 1848      "living statue" show
Little Drury 1840?      variety, minstrels, German prods
Franklin Theatre 1835      melodramas

Franklin Theatre Production Dates
Norman Leslie
Musical, Original
Jul 30, 1838 - Jul 30, 1838