American Art Deco coffee table, 1927. Cast iron panels from The Erlanger Theater in Philadelphia. 36 square x 18 high. 43 diagonal.
THE ERLANGER THEATER
The Erlanger Theatre was one of Philadelphia’s most elaborately designed live performance theaters and was considered one of the most magnificent ever built in the United States. The theater opened in 1927 and was equipped for both live theater and motion pictures. Developed by Abraham Lincoln Erlanger, it was designed by Philadelphia theater architects Hoffman-Henon.
The interior had three lobbies, grand stairs, lounges, and a 1,890 seat auditorium. The interior design theme consisted of elaborated decorations, furnished with imported marble, gold leaf, murals, tapestries, crystal chandeliers, crystal mirrors, antique woodwork, ironwork, and elaborate Napoleonic French-inspired furniture. The designated lounge for smoking, known as the Spanish Lounge, was considered to be magnificent.