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Salisbury in Rowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Meroney’s Theatre

 
 
Meroney’s Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
1. Meroney’s Theatre Marker
Inscription. When Dr. L. J. Meroney and his sister Lena built the theater in 1905, its large seating capacity attracted professional troupes to Salisbury. Two of the most famous thespians of the day, the “Divine” Sarah Bernhardt and the glamorous Lillian Russell, performed on its stage. Also appearing here were “The March King,” John Philip Sousa, and the New York Symphony Orchestra. With the advent of motion pictures, part of the building was turned into a cinema; eventually the whole theater became a movie house. Through the years the theater-movie house was known by many different names: Bijou, Fotosho, Grubb, Colonial, Strand, State, Center, and lastly, Towne Cinema.

Piedmont Players Theatre, Inc., purchased the building in 1992. After extensive renovations, they inaugurated the 1995-96 season in their new home. Once again the Meroney Theater is used for stage productions.
 
Erected 2006 by Salisbury History & Art Trail.
 
Location. 35° 39.969′ N, 80° 28.278′ W. Marker is in Salisbury, North Carolina, in Rowan County. Marker is on S Main Street (U.S. 70), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salisbury NC 28144, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
2. Marker in Salisbury
are within walking distance of this marker. City of Salisbury (a few steps from this marker); Andrew Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); Salisbury Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); C.S. Military Prison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hall House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rowan County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington’s Tour of the Southern States (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salisbury.
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains the Salisbury History & Art Trail – Railroad & Industrial logo, featuring a steaming locomotive. An image of how the Meroney’s Theatre originally appeared is at the bottom of the marker.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
Meroney’s Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
3. Meroney’s Theatre
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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