Documenting the American South


Going to the Show

George W. Bailey

Date of Birth
Date of Death
Race white
DescriptionLong-time operator of motion picture theaters in Wilmington and namesake of the Bailey Theater, which opened in December 1940
Associated Venues
Carolina 129-131 Market, Wilmington, NC manager (7/19/1925 - 1953*)
Royal 119 N. Front, Wilmington, NC manager (1924*)
Bailey 16 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC proprietor (1940*)
Victoria 129-131 Market, Wilmington, NC lessee (1924*)

Newspaper Clippings

  1. Victoria Will Open Soon - renovation
    Wilmington Star - 8/25/1916
    Tags: band or orchestra; company; manager; music; program change; renovation; re-opening; vaudeville
  2. Victoria - Ad - letter from manager
    Wilmington Dispatch - 5/31/1921
    Tags: morality
  3. Wilmington's New Theater, Carolina, To Open October 1
    Wilmington Star - 7/19/1928
    Tags: admission price; alias; balcony; closing; manager; opening notice; renovation
  4. Wilmington to Have Talking Movies, Geo. Bailey Tells Public
    Wilmington Star - 12/2/1928
    Tags: company; manager; music; sound films
  5. Bijou Was First Motion Picture House in the State - It Has Progressed Rapidly and Is Now Showing Modern Pictures
    Wilmington Star - 12/8/1929
    Tags: admission price; film title; manager; notable; sound films; tent
  6. Royal Theatre Will Open Talkies About January 20 - George W. Bailey Signs Contract With Radio Corporation For Latest Equipment
    Wilmington Star - 12/22/1929
    Tags: manager; sound films
  7. Repairs Planned At Royal Theatre
    Wilmington News - 12/30/1931
    Tags: closing; film title; manager; renovation
  8. Changes Planned at Royal Theatre - Movie House Will Be Closed for Renovation and Repairs, January 3 to 18
    Wilmington Star - 12/31/1931
    Tags: closing; film title; manager; renovation
  9. Royal Theater Opens Door Monday Morning
    Wilmington News - 1/15/1932
    Tags: closing; film title; manager; renovation; re-opening
  10. Carolina to Open Early This Fall
    Wilmington Star - 7/23/1933
    Tags: manager; renovation; re-opening; sound films; vaudeville
  11. Howard & Wells Sue J.M. Sulke
    Wilmington Star - 8/2/1933
    Tags: company; licensing; manager; notable
  12. G.W. Bailey Will Reopen Carolina
    Wilmington News - 8/1/1934
    Tags: manager; renovation; sound films; ventilation
  13. Carolina Theatre Being Remodeled
    Wilmington Star - 8/2/1934
    Tags: manager; renovation; re-opening; sound films; ventilation
  14. New Bailey Theater Opens Here Monday
    Wilmington Morning Star - 12/22/1940
    Tags: air conditioning; company; feature film; film title; manager; music; opening notice; seating capacity; sound films
  15. Bailey Theatre Will Open Today
    Wilmington Morning Star - 12/23/1940
    Tags: feature film; film title; opening notice
  16. Colony is Closed - Theatre Began as the Victoria - No Plans For Old Structure
    Wilmington Star - 10/31/1974
    Tags: actualities; alias; architect; band or orchestra; closing; company; feature film; film title; hotel; manager; name change; renovation; re-opening; seating capacity; sound films; vaudeville