Trocadero TheatreEdit profile
For the origins of the word Trocadero, and other places where it has been used, see Trocadero (disambiguation). The Trocadero Theatre, opened as the Arch Street Opera House in 1870, is a historic theater, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over the years, it has offered musical comedies, vaudeville and burlesque. Burlesque performer Mara Gaye performed at the Troc in the 1950s. Later still, " The Troc" was refurbished for use as an art house cinema and fine arts theatre. It is located at 1003 Arch Street, in Center City Philadelphia, located within two blocks of other attractions and key locations in Center City, including Chinatown, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, the Gallery at Market East, SEPTA's Market East Station, and the Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal. The building was known at various time as the Arch Street Opera House (1870”“1879); Park Theatre (1879); New Arch Street Opera House (1884); Continental Theatre (1889); Gaiety Theatre (1890); Casino/Palace Theatre (1892); Troc Theatre (1940); Slocum's and Sweatman's Theatre; Sweatman's Arch Street Opera House; Simmon's & Slocum's Theatre; and Simmon's Theatre. The theater, designed by architect Edwin Forrest Durang, then modified several times, was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1973, and to the National Register of Historic Places five years later. In 1986, the Trocadero was again remodeled for its current use as a concert hall and dance club. The Trocadero retains a promoting team and books bands directly. The theater usually books lesser-known heavy metal, punk rock, ska, and industrial/ gothic bands. Hip hop groups have also made appearances there, as have rock and roll bands. It was also featured on the MTV program 2 Dollar Bill when My Chemical Romance was on it. The Dead Milkmen recorded their live album Chaos Rules at the Troc. Tesla had a hit single in 1991 with the live cover version of the Five Man Electrical Band song "Signs" which was recorded at the Troc. A variety of local bands have also played the venue, including Zasz, The New Bolsheviks, Kill Your Romeo, Super Consumers, Black Dragon, Ghost Town Locals, mewithoutYou, Mongrel Mix, Tearher, Mourning Electra, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Beyond the Element, 9:18, Young Werewolves, Blank Generation, Back Seat Riot and dozens of others. The Trocadero was also the location for Lamb of God's live DVD, Killadelphia and Job for a Cowboy's "Altered From Catechization" music video.