Lakewood Theatre

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Beginning as a humble vaudeville hall in the Skowhegan-Madison trolley park, Lakewood Theatre has graced the southwestern shore of Lake Wesserunsett in Madison, Maine, since the turn of the 20th century. Under the masterful guidance of Herbert L. Swett, a Bangor native and Bowdoin graduate, Lakewood eventually developed into a nationally renowned playhouse that was called the "Broadway in Maine" by the New York Times in its heyday, from 1925 until World War II. In the years following the war, Lakewood was operated by Swett's heirs and became a virtual who's who of both Broadway and Hollywood, until it nearly went dark in the early 1980s. Operating today as a nonprofit community theater, Lakewood is the official state theater of Maine and the oldest continually running summer theater in the country.
ISBN: 9781467125949
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maine
Series: Images of America
Images: 181
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
A native of Skowhegan, Maine, Jenny Oby is a copywriter and history buff who has long collected Lakewood postcards. She has culled these rarely seen images from the theater's archives, conducting extensive original research from old playbills and newspapers to piece together the first pictorial history of the Lakewood Theatre Colony. She continues to collect Lakewood ephemera to advance her efforts in documenting the theater's intriguing history.
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