Bastable Theatre

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Type: Unmarked Location Involved: Ingersoll, Robert Green
Location: Corner of South Warren and East Genesee Streets
Syracuse, NY
Cause: Freethought / Atheism / Secular Humanism

On Saturday, March 9, 1895, freethought orator Robert Green Ingersoll delivered one of his most controversial lectures, "The Holy Bible," at the Bastable Theatre in downtown Syracuse.

Rebuilt in 1893 by architect Archimedes Russell following a devastating fire, the Bastable Block office building was anchored by the Bastable Theatre. Theatre entrepreneur Frederick Bastable, flushed with the success of his Wieting Opera House and Grand Theatres, launched a third under his own name. The facility achieved full success when local promoter Sam Shubert took over its management -- launching the Shubert dynasty still influential on Broadway today.

The building was again destroyed by fire on February 12, 1923.