New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
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1867 Comus Parade

Gras: Tuesday night, March 5, 1867.

The Comus parade passes in front of the second St. Charles Theatre. The original theater, built by James Caldwell, opened November 30, 1835. On March 13, 1842, a coffin factory behind the theatre caught fire. The fire spread to the theatre, which burned to the ground.

In 1843, a new St. Charles Theatre by architect Dr. George King Pratt was constructed on the site for the theatrical partnership of Noah Ludlow & Sol Smith.

In 1899, the second theatre burned. It was rebuilt in 1902, along the lines of the previous building. The new theatre was leased to the Keith-Orpheum Circuit and opened its doors as 'The Orpheum'.