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Adams House: 1906

Adams House: 1906

Boston's Tremont Street circa 1906. "Adams House and Keith's Theatre," noted vaudeville venue. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Mucha Sarah Bernhardt poster

1905-1906 American "farewell" tour.

The sad fate of Keith's

jalexei is correct - this is Washington St., not Tremont. Although Keith's did have a second entrance on Tremont, it did not qualify as an emergency egress when laws were changed after the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in 1942. As you can see, there's not much room in these blocks to make building improvements, so Keith's was forced to close for good. (Vaudeville had mostly moved to Scollay Square by that time, and Keith's had reinvented itself as a movie house.) The opera house shown in the 2013 photo was originally named the Keith Memorial Theatre in its honor.

Poster Covet

How I would love to own that awesome art nouveau poster of Sarah Bernhardt on the far right side...actually, I wouldn't actually mind owning the whole display!


Below is the same view from May of 2013.

Washington Street?

Beautiful shot, but given the curve of the road and Wikipedia's mention of entrances to Keith's on both Tremont Street and Washington, I think this image may be of the latter - wonderful regardless -

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