Penthouse Theatre scrapbook
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Penthouse Theatre scrapbook

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Penthouse Theatre (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: Penthouse Theatre scrapbook
Dates: 1946-1951, undated
Quantity: 1.46 linear ft. (one oversized box)
Identification: ahc.MSS520

Biographical/Historical Note

The Penthouse Theatre, a theatre-in-the-round located on the top floor of the Ansley Hotel, opened its first season in Atlanta, Georgia, in September of 1949. The theatre was founded by Elsbeth Hofman, her husband Don Gibson, and their college classmate Jerry Appy. It was the first theater of its kind to be a commercial success. In October of 1950 its production of the play Tobacco Road caused much controversy and was successful enough to warrant a return engagement in January of 1951. Additional historical information about the Penthouse Theatre has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials from a scrapbook documenting the activities of the Penthouse Theatre. Included are advertising flyers, correspondence, and copies and originals of newspaper clippings and programs.

Index Terms

Ansley Hotel (Atlanta, Ga.)
Appy, Jerry
Gibson, Don
Hofman, Elsbeth
Holiday on Ice (Show).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Penthouse Theatre scrapbook, MSS 520, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1984


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Related Material

Visual materials have been separated from the collection and are unprocessed. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Container List




MSS OS box 3.3231Publicity, undated
2Correspondence, 1950-1951, undated
3Newspaper clippings and programs, 1950
4Newspaper clippings and programs, 1950-1951
5Newspaper clippings, Holiday on Ice, 1946-1950