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WATER ST. THEATER

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 (W. 9th) St., it seated over 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 was occupied by the Seaman's Hotel and later by the Showboat Theater.