Documenting the American South


Going to the Show


119 N. Front, Wilmington, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 5/27/1911* - 1915*
Performance Types illustrated songs (5/27/1911*) , movies (5/27/1911*) , musical performances (5/27/1911*)
Racial Policy presumed white
DescriptionThe Airdome was an outdoor theater located on a vacant lot at 119 N. Front Street in downtown Wilmington, on the site of the former Delmonico Café, across the street from the Post Office building.
Building NotesThe Airdome's lot was approximately 40 feet x 100 feet.
Associated Persons
Kahn, Herman musician (5/27/1911*)
Peiffer, Frank W. proprietor (5/27/1911*)
Associated Organizations


  1. Airdome Timeline Commentary
    Tags: music; seasonal exhibition

Newspaper Clippings

  1. The Airdome - Will Probably Open This Evening - Splendid Orchestra
    Wilmington Star - 5/27/1911
    Tags: band or orchestra; hours of operation; illustrated song; manager; music; open-air screening; opening notice; projection problems
  2. Builds Theatre - Howard and Wells to Lease House to be Erected by Schuster on Front - Airdome
    Wilmington Dispatch - 10/22/1914
    Tags: architect; manager; proposed theater; seating capacity; vaudeville
  3. Howard And Wells Buy Theatre Site
    Wilmington Dispatch - 4/24/1915
    Tags: architect; balcony; fire; proposed theater; renovation; seating capacity; ventilation