Documenting the American South


Going to the Show


20 Market, Wilmington, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 5/30/1907* - 6/1908*
Performance Types illustrated songs , movies
Racial Policy presumed white (5/30/1907*)
DescriptionWilmington’s third movie theater was the Theatorium, also located in a downtown storefront. It was operated by a company that had theaters in the biggest cities in North Carolina, but local competition forced it to close after a year.
NotesIt is likely that it did not admit African Americans.
Building NotesThe space the theater occupied was the first floor of a three-story commercial building, with a 25-foot frontage on Market Street, extending some 60 feet in depth. Formerly a wholesale liquor store that had been converted into a "decidedly cozy and attractive theatre."
Associated Persons
Brantley, George S. owner (11/29/1907*)
Gestefeld, Don H. singer (12/4/1907*)
Huston, Edgar E. manager (5/30/1907*)
Kraft, Mary Elizabeth singer (7/19/1907*)
Reilly, Ed J. singer (9/25/1907*)
Van Duzen, Don C.B. manager (5/30/1907*)
Associated Organizations
South Eastern Amusement Association of Birmingham, Alabama unknown (5/30/1907*)


  1. Theatorium Timeline Commentary
    Tags: illustrated song; ladies and children; manager; music; pianist; religious films; renovation; storefront theaters

Newspaper Clippings

  1. For Rent
    Wilmington Star - 6/2/1906
    Tags: company
  2. Another Picture Show
    Wilmington Dispatch - 5/14/1907
    Tags: proposed theater; storefront theaters
  3. Another Picture Show - Theatorium - storefront theater
    Wilmington Star - 5/15/1907
    Tags: proposed theater; storefront theaters
  4. Theatorium About Ready
    Wilmington Dispatch - 5/29/1907
    Tags: company; illustrated song; ladies and children; manager; opening notice; renovation; storefront theaters; ventilation
  5. Opening of Theatorium - New Moving Picture Theatre Will Inaugurate Season Friday
    Wilmington Star - 5/30/1907
    Tags: admission price; band or orchestra; company; illustrated song; ladies and children; music; opening notice; religious films; storefront theaters
  6. Theatorium - Ad - "The Passion Play of Oberammergau"
    Wilmington Star - 6/1907
    Tags: admission price; feature film; hours of operation; music; pianist; religious films
  7. Opening at Theatorium
    Wilmington Star - 6/1/1907
    Tags: band or orchestra; illustrated song; music; opening notice; ventilation
  8. Theatorium - Ad - "The Passion Play" is Drawing the Multitudes on Market Street
    Wilmington Star - 6/7/1907
    Tags: religious films
  9. The Moving Picture Theatres - All Doing a Rushing Business These Days and Are Presenting Fine Programs - Academy, Theatorium, Bijou, Edisonian
    Wilmington Dispatch - 7/9/1907
    Tags: admission price; film title; religious films
  10. Sing at Theatorium - illustrated song singer
    Wilmington Star - 7/19/1907
    Tags: hours of operation; illustrated song; music; program change
  11. At the Summer Theatres - Bijou, Theatorium, Academy - illustrated songs
    Wilmington Star - 7/29/1907
    Tags: film title; illustrated song; program change
  12. Theatorium This Week - lecturer
    Wilmington Star - 8/18/1907
    Tags: lecturer; religious films
  13. Theatorium - Ad - lecturer
    Wilmington Star - 8/20/1907
    Tags: admission price; hours of operation; lecturer; music; religious films
  14. Will Sing Again - Mr. Ed Reilly Will Again be at the Theatorium
    Wilmington Dispatch - 9/25/1907
    Tags: band or orchestra; illustrated song; music; renovation
  15. Swell New Moving Picture Theatre That Will be Thrown Open to the Public Tuesday Night - Majestic
    Wilmington Dispatch - 11/23/1907
    Tags: balcony; film title; fire; manager; music; notable; opening notice; projection problems; promotions
  16. Changed Hands - Charleston Manager Purchases the Theatorium
    Wilmington Dispatch - 11/29/1907
    Tags: change in owner; illustrated song; manager; notable
  17. Theatorium - Ad - Under New Management
    Wilmington Dispatch - 12/4/1907
    Tags: admission price; change in owner; hours of operation; illustrated song; ladies and children; manager; renovation
  18. Valuable Property Purchased
    Wilmington Dispatch - 12/4/1911
    Tags: company
  19. Candy Firm Chartered
    Wilmington Star - 2/28/1913
    Tags: company

City Directories

  1. City Directory of Wilmington, N.C., 1907.
    unknown publication - 1907