The Dock Street Theatre is a theater in the historic French Quarter neighborhood of downtown Charleston, South Carolina.HistoryThe structure, which was built as a hotel in 1809 and converted to a theater in 1935, occupies the site of the first building in the Thirteen Colonies designed for use as a theater. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.The theater reopened in 2010 after a $19 million renovation that included major improvements in resistance to dangerous seismic activity and hurricane wind events, the addition of elevators to make the facility fully wheelchair accessible, and greatly improved amenities for the audience.On February 12, 1736 the original Dock Street Theatre opened with a performance of The Recruiting Officer. Built on the corner of Church Street and Dock Street (now known as Queen Street), the Historic Dock Street Theatre was the first building in America built exclusively to be used for theatrical performances. Flora, the first opera performance in America, took place at the Historic Dock Street Theatre.The original Dock Street Theatre was probably destroyed by the Great Fire of 1740 which destroyed many of the buildings in Charleston's French Quarter. In 1809, the current building was built on the site as the Planter's Hotel and in 1835 the wrought iron balcony and sandstone columns of the Church Street facade were added. A number of notable persons worked and patronized the Planter's Hotel including the noted 19th Century actor Junius Brutus Booth (father of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth). Robert Smalls, an African-American Civil War hero, who stole a steamboat in the harbor and sailed it out past the Confederate held Ft. Sumter and turned it over to the blockading Union Fleet, served as a waiter in the hotel's dining room prior to the war. Charleston's famed Planter's Punch was first introduced here.For Dock Street Theater and beyond, use our Charleston trip itinerary planning app to get the most from your Charleston vacation.
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We stopped at the Dock Street Theater big during this time of Covid, we didn’t enter the inside. The outside is so reminiscent of buildings in the French Quarter of New Orleans. We were able to see... more »
As we were walking we came across this beautiful structure. My husband and I was just admiring it, when a lovely older gentleman came out and said we could come in and tour. It was nice to get out of.... more »
Great performance of Beauty and the Beast. Wonderful historic theatre. Not a bad seat in the house. Beautiful music and friendly staff, orchestra was flawless and the costumes were amazing.
Attended Beauty and the Beast. Amazing show with perfect casting! Go see this show, it will be the best evening you will have all year.
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