Thalian Hall

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Thalian Hall is one of the oldest and most beautiful theaters in America. Forming the east wing of Wilmington's iconic city hall, this dual-purpose building has been at the center of the community's cultural and political life since it first opened in 1858. Thalian Hall is the only surviving theater designed by John Montague Trimble, one of America's foremost 19th-century theater architects. It was built at a time when Wilmington was the largest city in North Carolina. Thalian Hall is the embodiment of a tradition of performance that stretches back for over two centuries. It has hosted Shakespearean tragedies, musical concerts, and even boxing and wrestling events. For generations, Wilmington audiences have witnessed touring stars, local actors, musicians, dancers, and movies in a parade of performances and celebratory events. The story of Thalian Hall is an embroidered tapestry reflecting the history of the American theater and the community that built it.
ISBN: 9781467121224
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 215
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The photographs presented in this title have been chosen by D. Anthony Rivenbark from the impressive on-site archive of Thalian Hall as well as from other collections, including the Cape Fear Museum, the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, and the New Hanover County Library. Rivenbark made his debut on the historic Thalian Hall stage in 1966 and has served as the theater's executive director for over three decades. His efforts toward the preservation and improvement of Thalian Hall have been recognized by the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, Wilmington's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the League of Historic American Theatres.
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