17. Wilson Hall

February 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm  •  Posted in Museum in the Streets by

Location: Liberal Cup Building Perley Lane
Sign17Method of Display: Affixed to buildingWilson Hall (this building) was built by Charles Wilson in 1872 at a cost of $10,000 “in answer to popular demand for a place of public amusement”. The first floor was occupied by a meat and provisions market; the second floor housed a dining room, two drawings rooms, a clothes room and a ticket office for the third floor theater. The Acme Theater, which seated 1,200 people, still exists today on the top floor of the building. During its heyday it hosted theatricals, vaudeville productions, minstrel shows, school commencements, dances, concerts and movies. Prior to operating Wilson Hall, Charles Wilson was associated with William Wilson and Joseph Bodwell in the operation of the Hallowell Granite Company, which was established in 1865.

Wilson Hall

Wilson Hall fut construit par Charles Wilson en 1872 pour la somme de 10 000$  « afin de répondre à la population qui demandait un lieu public de divertissement.”  Le rez-de-chaussée était occupé par une boucherie et un marché; Le premier étage offrait une salle de restauration, deux salons, un vestiaire et une billetterie pour le théâtre situé au dessus. Le Théâtre Acme, de 1 200 places, existe encore à l’étage supérieur du bâtiment. Pendant son âge d’or, il accueillit des représentations théâtrales, du vaudeville, des musiciens, remises de diplômes, bals, concerts et films. Avant de gérer Wilson Hall, Charles Wilson avait été l’associé de William Wilson et Joseph Bodwell dans l’exploitation de la Hallowell Granite Company qui avait été établie en 1865.

Photograph(s)/illustration(s) – Captions
S17-01 12 x 9 “Acme Theater Poster”
Affiche du théâtre Acme.
Credit – Lund Collection

S17-02 – “Acme Theater Ticket”
Billet du théâtre Acme
Credit – A.Moore Collection

Sponsor Copy

The Hallowell Museum in the Streets is a project of Row House Inc. and the Hallowell Area Board of Trade, made possible by Patron Grants from Gardiner Savings Bank of Maine, Mattson Development, LLC and The Wolfington Auto Group.
The project was underwritten by Eric & Pamela Perry & the Perry Family.
Sign Sponsor – The Liberal Cup

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