In March, the beloved Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia’s Chinatown announced it would close after several decades as a staple in the local rock, indie and hip-hop scenes. The building, located at 10th and Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia, opened in the 1870s as the Arch Street Opera House and in the early 1900s became the Trocadero Theatre, serving as a burlesque venue until the 1970s. In 1973, the theater even joined the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. After a short period as an art house movie theater, the building was renovated in 1986 and took on its final form as a concert hall with a capacity of 1,200.
By the early 1990s, the Troc was hosting shows by prominent rock artists from around the country and from overseas, from Slayer to Sleater-Kinney — as The Key remembered earlier this spring — along with essential pop and hip-hop acts later on. Continue reading →