The night the roof fell in – Washington’s Knickerbocker Theatre tragedy

A new article from the esteemed Ransom Center in Texas allows us to recall one of the deadliest nights in theatre history.

In the 1980s, the Harry Ransom Center received a fascinating and unique historical artefact. John and Vera Hills had donated a scrapbook of theirs which featured an extraordinary unpublished account of their survival of the Knickerbocker Theatre roof collapse in Washington, D.C. on January 28, 1922.

A fascinating article by graduate assistant Hannah Neuhauser explores this scrapbook and its astonishing first-hand testimony.

You can read Hannah’s article here

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