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Franklin Museum

175 Chatham Street, New York, NY
Built
1835
Closed
1854

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
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.

LIST OF PRODUCTIONS

  • Franklin Theatre
    melodramas
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    Named 1835
    Named 1835
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    Norman Leslie
    Jul 30, 1838 - Jul 30, 1838
    Musical Original
    Musical Original