Canterbury Hall

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Known prior to the war as the Washington Assembly Rooms and the Adelphia Theater, Canterbury Hall opened as a music hall and theatrical venue. One of the more popular performance venues, it featured plays, burlesques, comedy routines, circus acts, and melodrama. An observer described its atmosphere as consisting of "soldiers and roughs, screeching, catcalling, smoking, and spitting."


  • Bloomfield, Maxwell, "Wartime Drama: The Theater in Washington (1861-1865)," Maryland Historical Magazine, vol 64.
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