St. Charles Theatre

426 St. Charles Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70130

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DavidZornig on November 5, 2017 at 12:58 am

Two images added. A 1985 history that accompanied a post-1924, pre-1932 photo after it was returned to the St. Charles Theatre name, both credit The Times-Picayune. Some specific dates can be updated in the Overview from it. The image says the photo is from 1946, but I believe it’s earlier because it is still a vaudeville house.

buttons on May 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm

The Corinthian columns on the St. Charles Theater are thought to have been added to the Catskill Mountain House in Haines Falls NY in 1845. I know the theater burned in 1842 and some reports say it was only the interior that burned, the report above states it burned to the ground, so it’s confusing. If it was just the interior walls that burned it allows me to think that what I wrote above just might be possible.
Any input on this thought? Thanks.

DavidZornig on June 18, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Just added a 1864 photo.

CSWalczak on October 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Here is a picture of the St. Charles Theater.

That photo of a ticket, shown above, picturing President Washington, is not a ticket to this theater. That 1889 event was at the second St. Charles Theater which was located on this theater’s site but which burned down in 1899.

This St. Charles Theatre was erected in 1902, was almost immediately renamed the Orpheum and then became the St. Charles again when Saenger chain took it over and the existing Orpheum on University Place opened. As noted above, this theater was demolished in 1965. It was located next door to the Liberty Theater, and a small portion the left edge of the St. Charles can be seen at the extreme right edge of this photo of the Liberty.

vernhettes on August 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Hello Friends, I would like to understand about the St. Charles/Orpheum/Saenger. I live in Paris. I took a photo a few years ago of the actual Orpheum, which stands in a street near Canal St. on the left looking towards the Lake, near Rampart. I also took photos of the Saenger big theater at Canal and Rampart (last April they were renovating it). I also have a 1915 postcard with the sign Orpheum on Canal St. I can send this postcard.
Where was the original situation of the theater? Which one was razed?
And is the one still standing (in full activity) the one where the Pilharmonic rehearsed?
I thank you for your reply. Cordially, Dan Vernhettes, Paris, France.
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frank gagliano on November 29, 2006 at 7:33 am

The Philharmonic also used the St. Charles Theater as its rehearsal hall up until the time of its razing. As a boy of 11 in 1964, I sang with the philharmonic and remember rehearsing in the run- down musty theater.

JackCoursey on November 9, 2002 at 2:50 am

Although I haven’t visited New Orleans in over 5 years, the St Charles or the Orpheum as it was known as in 1996 was still standing and served as the home of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.