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Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Town Theatre

 
 
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By Nancy Stone-Collum, August 26, 2019
1. Town Theatre Marker
Inscription.  
(Side 1)
The Town Theatre was founded in 1919 by public-spirited Columbians who yearned for a community theatre. Daniel A. Reed, the first director, was an actor and director stationed at Camp Jackson during WWI. The first home for the theatre was the Sloan House at 1012 Sumter St. The present building, designed by Arthur W. Hamby, was completed in 1924 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Renovations over the years have added dressing rooms, a fly loft, and scene shop.
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On this stage Carl Sandburg recited poetry; Academy Award winners Delbert Mann directed and Stanley Donen acted; Martha Graham danced; DuBose Heyward lectured; and famed artist Jasper Johns painted sets. Town Theatre initiated the Junior Stage Society program in 1921, becoming one of the pioneers of youth theatre in the U.S. By virtue of its 100 year legacy to the arts, Town Theatre has contributed significantly to the cultural life of the city of Columbia and state of S.C.
 
Erected
Town Theatre Marker side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Nancy Stone-Collum, August 26, 2019
2. Town Theatre Marker side 2
2019 by Town Theatre Board of Governors in Honor of the Centennial Celebration. (Marker Number 40-202.)
 
Location. 33° 59.979′ N, 81° 1.853′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Sumter Street north of Pendelton Street, on the right when traveling north. Town Theatre is across the street from the Capitol Complex. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia SC 29201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of General Maxcy Gregg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gonzales Tribute (about 300 feet away); Senate Street (about 300 feet away); Liberty Bell Reproduction (about 400 feet away); Henry Disbrow Phillips, D.D. (about 400 feet away); Memorial Fountain (about 500 feet away); Minton Family Home (about 500 feet away); Trinity Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
Town Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Nancy Stone-Collum, August 26, 2019
3. Town Theatre
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2019, by Nancy Stone-Collum of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2019, by Nancy Stone-Collum of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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