This photo is an enigma, and we welcome anyone with knowledge of it to contact us. The name on the top says "St. Charles Theatre", but there is an Orpheum sign. The St. Charles Theatre has a rich and tumultuous history. Founded by James H. Caldwell in 1835 to replace the Camp Street Theatre, it was for a time the only English-speaking theater in the city and was hailed as the finest theater building in America upon its opening. It experienced a series of disasters, burning down in 1842 and being rebuilt in 1843, only to burn down and be rebuilt again in 1899. The theater was segregated until the Civil Rights Act of 1875 was signed. Despite a brief revival in the late 1870s, its glory was somewhat diminished by subsequent events and it ultimately ceased functioning as a theater in 1967
There is no direct information available about the St. Charles Theatre. However, given its status during that era, it likely continued to operate as one of the city's prominent venues for live performances, possibly promoted by The Orpheum.