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Penthouse Theatre scrapbook

Collection number: ahc.MSS520

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1946-1951, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


1.46 linear ft. (one oversized box)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1984

Related Archival Materials

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

Penthouse Theatre scrapbook
Sue VerHoef
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Dacs
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305