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Thalian Hall Wilmington NC Cape Fear by davidmcb Thalian Hall Wilmington NC Cape Fear by davidmcb
Thalian Hall Wilmington NC Cape Fear
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Majestic Thalian Hall

When Thalian Hall was constructed, Wilmington was a bustling and growing city with an active theatrical group, the Thalian Association, dating back to 1788. In response to the need for a location for the performing arts, the city built Thalian Hall as a combination opera house and a seat for local government with a library thrown in for good measure. When the theater opened on October 12, 1858, it seated 950 people.

As a major stop on the national touring circuit, Thalian Hall hosted well-known entertainers and attractions of the period including Lillian Russell, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Phillip Sousa, Maurice Barrymore and Sir Henry Lauder. After the turn of the century, the facility was renovated and updated for electricity, but by the thirties, with the decline in traveling road shows, activity at Thalian Hall dwindled.[link]

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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012   Photographer
ah! you have given me more than enough reason to visit now! i didn't expect Thalian Hall to look like Ford's Theater! WOW!
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davidmcb Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I was just there for a week. It was excellent! Best time I've had since St Patricks Day in Savannah.
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