The WATER ST. THEATER, reputedly the city's first theater intended exclusively for dramatic productions, was built by John S. Potter in 1848. Located on Water St. (W. 9th St. after 1905), it seated more than 1,000 and included 2 tiers of boxes and 4 private boxes. The theater was destroyed by fire in 1850, and the site at 1273 W. 9th St. was redeveloped as the Seaman's Hotel and, later, the Showboat Theater.

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