John Ellsler was a noted actor and theatrical manager who made the Academy the finest house in Cleveland. Ellsler would go on to later fame at the Euclid Avenue Opera House which he constructed in 1873.
From November 26 through December 5, 1863 John Wilkes Booth appeared at the Acadamy for nine nights in a variety of roles, including Richard III.
Cleveland Morning Leader, November 26, 1863.
Cleveland Morning Leader, December 3, 1863.
Ad from the Plain Dealer, December 4, 1863.
Cleveland Morning Leader, December 5, 1863.
Western Reserve Historical Society photo.
John Wilkes Booth