Trocadero Theatre

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Trocadero Theatre
Arch Street Opera House
(1973 photograph)
Address 1003 Arch St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Capacity 2200
Current use live music venue
Opened 1870

Arch Street Opera House
Trocadero Theatre is located in Pennsylvania
Trocadero Theatre
Coordinates 39°57′12.99″N 75°9′24.74″W / 39.9536083°N 75.1568722°W / 39.9536083; -75.1568722Coordinates: 39°57′12.99″N 75°9′24.74″W / 39.9536083°N 75.1568722°W / 39.9536083; -75.1568722
Area < 1-acre (4,000 m2)
Architect Edwin Forrest Durang, George W. Plowman
Architectural style Late Victorian
Governing body Private Owner
NRHP Reference # 78002442[1]
Added to NRHP June 13, 1978


The Trocadero Theatre, opened as the Arch Street Opera House in 1870, is a historic theater in Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over the years, it has offered musical comedies, vaudeville and burlesque. Burlesque performer Mara Gaye performed here in the 1950s. Later still, "The Troc" was refurbished for use as an art house cinema and fine arts theatre.

The building was known at various time as the Arch Street Opera House (1870–1879); Park Theatre (1879); New Arch Street Opera House (1884); Continental Theatre (1889); Gaiety Theatre (1890); Casino/Palace Theatre (1892); Troc Theatre (1940); Slocum's and Sweatman's Theatre; Sweatman's Arch Street Opera House; Simmon's & Slocum's Theatre; and Simmon's Theatre.[2] The theater, designed by architect Edwin Forrest Durang, then modified several times, was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1973, and to the National Register of Historic Places five years later.

In 1986, the Trocadero was again remodeled for its current use as a concert hall and dance club. The Trocadero retains a promoting team and books bands directly. It has a capacity of 1,200 patrons (standing room) or 600 patrons (fully seated). The theater hosts a wide range of events including movie screenings, comedy shows, burlesque and concerts from alternative, indie rock, heavy metal, punk rock, jam, and industrial/gothic bands as well as hip hop and electronica artists.

Significant Recorded Events/Shows[edit]

A number of DVD & television specials have been filmed at the Trocadero including the MTV program 2 Dollar Bill for My Chemical Romance in September of 2006, comedian & actor Christian Finnegan's DVD/Comedy Central special "Au Contraire" in October 2008 and most recently, comedian and actor Michael Ian Black's DVD/Comedy Central special "Very Famous" in March 2011. The Dead Milkmen recorded their live album Chaos Rules at the Troc. Tesla had a hit single in 1991 with the live cover version of the Five Man Electrical Band song "Signs" which was recorded at the Troc.

The Trocadero was also the location for Lamb of God's live DVD Killadelphia and for Job for a Cowboy's "Altered From Catechization" music video.

On June 2, 2012, professional wrestling promotion Chikara held the Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur internet pay-per-view at the Trocadero.[3] Chikara held their next two pay-per-views, Under the Hood on December 2, 2012,[4] and Aniversario: Never Compromise on June 2, 2013, at the venue.[5]

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