In an article in the NY Times from 1873, Harlem was as always an entertainment mecca, The Harlem Hall with its cobble stone street was a place for “…charitable benefits, plays and all sorts of entertainment.”
The photo above is dated from 1904, The Harlem Hall now houses The Majestic Hall as well as a theater calling itself The Orpheum. It is referred to now as Loews Theater. The theater was one of the many designed by Thomas Lamb in 1870′s.
- Harlem’s Victoria Theater A Cultural Hub For Harlem (harlemworldmag.com)