Theatre Trivia Tweet: Elevated Theatre

  • April 26, 2014
The double stage, a side view.

The double stage, a side view.

In the mid-nineteenth century, actor/manager Steel Mackaye made a major technical improvement in a NYC theatre. Mackaye put a “double stage”, an elevator the size of the full stage that was raised and lowered by counter-weights, in the theatre. This innovation reduced scene changes from five or more minutes to one or two . What theatre featured this stage?

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