Theater

Fay's Theater Sign

The small theater at 40th and Market Streets was most well-known as Fay's but it began it's life as the Knickerbocker Theatre.

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

Fay’s Theatre found success as a jazz club after managers expanded their target audience to reflect West Philadelphia’s changing demographics.

Fay's Theater Sign

Fay’s Theatre, a small West Philadelphia entertainment venue, reflected the creation and transformation of community spaces during the Great Migration.

Knickerbocker Theatre Newspaper Advertisement

A 1915 Evening Public Ledger advertisement for Knickerbocker Theatre's production of "Bought and Paid For." The play was typical fare for the Knickerbocker—seemingly scandalous but ultimately reinforcing traditional middle-class values.

Knickerbocker Theatre Newspaper Advertisement

The Knickerbocker Theatre, predecessor to Fay’s Theatre, debuted in 1914, offering performances catering to the local community.