World War II
Working At The Stage Door Canteen During WWII

The Stage Door Canteen was an entertainment center for members of the armed forces during World War II. The original Stage Door Canteen was on 44th street in New York City, but a second Stage Door Canteen was opened in the basement of the Academy of Music building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia location was open from June of 1943 to October of 1945, serving an estimated 2.5 million members of the military in that time. A musical film was made in 1943 celebrating the work of the Stage Door Canteen. This video shows clips from the movie along with the recollections of Lucille Mann, who volunteered at the Philadelphia location. Mann recalls: “It was called Stage Door because there were so many actors and actresses who volunteered.”

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Submitted by: Ilana Faber
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