With a sell-out audience of 3000, the performance of the Man of Mystery was to be his last as a lantern overturned and in the ensuing fire Lafayette, his body double(!) and nine others perished.
There is a variety of events this week-end commemorating the occasion. More details here and here.
The Empire Palace Theatre was on the site of what is now the Festival Theatre in Nicolson Street.
Note: Later today I will post on another anniversary this week marking a remarkable event in the local area.