Dock Street Theatre


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Dock Street Theatre


Located on the corner of French Quarter Queen and Church streets, the Dock Street Theatre has a rich Charleston history spanning four centuries. On the National Register of Historic Places as the first building in the U.S. designed for theatrical use, The Dock Street Theatre first opened in 1736, and hosted the first opera performance in America with Flora. The original building is said to have burned down in the Great Fire of 1740, and finally succumbed to disrepair following the Civil War. The theatre was rebuilt and reopened in 1937, with another final third reopening after extensive renovations and modernization in March of 2010. The Dock Street Theatre is now owned by the City of Charleston and home to Charleston Stage company, and is easily recognizable for its beautiful brick and ironwork facade.

Home to the Charleston Stage Company and owned by the City of Charleston, South Carolina, the Dock Street Theatre is a living, working, dancing piece of Charleston's cultural history. Its romantic ironwork streetfront would certainly have memories to share if walls could talk, as this theatre first opened in 1736! Since its original opening, the Dock Street Theatre hosted America's first opera, a crippling fire, neglect during the Civil War, and extensive restorations and renovations. Stroll down East Bay Street to Queen Street to Church Street to experience the old French Quarter neighborhood of downtown Charleston on your way to visit the Dock Street Theatre and its neighbor, the beautiful French Huguenot Church. Purchase tickets to a theatrical show at the Dock Street Theatre by visiting, or by calling 843-577-7183. Make it a date night with reservations at a fine dining restaurant on nearby Broad or East Bay streets.

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