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

Meroney’s Theatre

Salisbury History & Art Trail

 

— Railroad & Industrial —

 
Meroney’s Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
 
Location. 35° 39.969′ 
Marker in Salisbury image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
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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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salisbury NC 28144, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City of Salisbury (a few steps from this marker); Andrew Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossroads: Past Into Present (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cotton Mills Corner (about 500 feet away); Salisbury Cotton Mills (about 500 feet away); Macay Law Office (about 500 feet away); Town Well (about 600 feet away); William Valentine (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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.
 
Meroney’s Theatre image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 2, 2010
3. Meroney’s Theatre
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 682 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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May. 24, 2022