Documenting the American South


Going to the Show

Percy W. Wells

Date of Birth
Date of Death
Associated Venues
Grand 25 N. Front, Wilmington, NC manager
Carolina 129-131 Market, Wilmington, NC owner (1925* - 3/12/1933)
Bijou 205 N. Front, Wilmington, NC proprietor (12/22/1906*)
Victoria 129-131 Market, Wilmington, NC manager (11/1915* - 1917*)
Knights of Pythias Hall 202 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC manager (2/10/1905*)
Royal 119 N. Front, Wilmington, NC owner (4/24/1915)

Newspaper Clippings

  1. Moving Picture Exhibition - Pythian Hall - charity
    Wilmington Star - 2/10/1905
    Tags: charity; manager
  2. Moving Pictures To-Night - illustrated song singers
    Wilmington Star - 2/16/1905
    Tags: charity; illustrated song; manager
  3. Notice! - Bijou - fire safety
    Wilmington Dispatch - 4/2/1907
    Tags: fire; manager
  4. The Film Suppressed - Bijou - censorship
    Wilmington Star - 5/5/1907
    Tags: actualities; censorship; morality; religious objection
  5. Bijou Theatre Property - Mr. James Howard Practically Closes Deal With J. W. Murchison and Co.
    Wilmington Star - 9/27/1910
    Tags: manager
  6. Israelites of the House of David Will Speak There - Bijou - lecturer
    Wilmington Star - 5/21/1911
    Tags: hours of operation; lecturer
  7. Fine New Theatre - Bijou
    Wilmington Dispatch - 12/8/1911
    Tags: airdome; architect; balcony; manager; proposed theater; purpose-built movie theater; seating capacity
  8. The Bijou Collapses - Moving Picture Theatre Gave Way Under Weight of Snow
    Wilmington Star - 2/13/1912
    Tags: proposed theater; renovation; tent
  9. Bijou Opened Last Night
    Wilmington Star - 5/31/1912
    Tags: admission price; balcony; manager; racial policy; re-opening; seating capacity; ventilation
  10. The New Bijou
    Wilmington Star - 5/31/1912
    Tags: film title; hours of operation; manager; re-opening
  11. 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
  12. Bijou Amusement Co. - Certificate of Corporation Recevied Here From Raleigh
    Wilmington Dispatch - 1/7/1915
    Tags: company; manager; vaudeville
  13. Lease Filed Today
    Wilmington Dispatch - 1/21/1915
    Tags: company; manager
  14. Howard And Wells Buy Theatre Site
    Wilmington Dispatch - 4/24/1915
    Tags: architect; balcony; fire; proposed theater; renovation; seating capacity; ventilation
  15. Wilmington's Newest Playhouse
    Wilmington Dispatch - 4/24/1915
    Tags: airdome; proposed theater
  16. Contract is Awarded
    Wilmington Dispatch - 5/4/1915
    Tags: architect; proposed theater; purpose-built movie theater
  17. Contract Closed
    Wilmingoton Star - 7/2/1915
    Tags: architect; company; proposed theater
  18. The Royal Theatre
    Wilmington Dispatch - 8/12/1915
    Tags: opening notice; vaudeville
  19. Opens September 20th
    Wilmington Dispatch - 8/15/1915
    Tags: manager; opening notice
  20. Mirror Screen
    Wilmington Dispatch - 8/19/1915
    Tags: company
  21. Royal Theatre To Open Today
    Wilmington Dispatch - 9/27/1915
    Tags: company; hours of operation; music; opening notice; organ; program change; seating capacity; ventilation
  22. Property deed for Royal theater
    Wilmington Star - 11/10/1915
  23. Theatre Deal Closed Today - Howard and Wells are Now Lessees of Both Victoria and Grand Theatres
    Wilmington Star - 11/10/1915
    Tags: manager
  24. Close Deal for Theatres - Messrs. Howard and Wells, Owners of Bijou and Royal, Secure Leases on Victoria and Grand
    Wilmington Star - 11/11/1915
    Tags: manager
  25. Victoria Theatre Will Reopen Next Monday
    Wilmington Dispatch - 2/22/1916
    Tags: film title; manager; music; re-opening; vaudeville
  26. Victoria Will Open Soon - renovation
    Wilmington Star - 8/25/1916
    Tags: band or orchestra; company; manager; music; program change; renovation; re-opening; vaudeville
  27. Royal Opening Tomorrow - architect
    Wilmington Star - 12/17/1916
    Tags: admission price; architect; balcony; company; renovation; re-opening; vaudeville
  28. Victoria to be Made Beautiful
    Wilmington Dispatch - 7/22/1917
    Tags: renovation
  29. Remodeled Victoria Theatre Opens Monday, February 3rd Featuring Heavy Stock
    Wilmington Dispatch - 1/12/1919
    Tags: racial policy; renovation; re-opening; seating capacity; separate entrance
  30. Will Open New Victoria Theatre, Monday Feb. 3
    Wilmington Star - 1/12/1919
    Tags: company; opening notice; racial policy; renovation; separate entrance; vaudeville
  31. Motion Picture History In the Making In Story of Local Theatrical Moguls
    Wilmington Dispatch - 4/13/1919
    Tags: program change; tent; ventilation
  32. Howard-Wells Amusement Company, Bijou Amusement Company - Ad
    Wilmington Star - 9/28/1919
    Tags: company; program change; vaudeville
  33. Theaters Sold - Grand, Victoria
    unknown publication - 4/3/1923
    Tags: change in owner; manager
  34. Theater Building To Be Remodeled
    Wilmington News - 4/30/1923
    Tags: closing; manager; storefront theaters
  35. New Lessee Local Theatres Assumes Charge Property - Royal, Victoria - racial policy
    Wilmington Star - 7/31/1923
    Tags: admission price; balcony; band or orchestra; change in owner; company; film title; hours of operation; manager; music; program change; racial policy; vaudeville
  36. Amusement Company Will Lease Properties After Last of the Old Year - Victoria, Royal, Bijou
    Wilmington Dispatch - 12/24/1923
    Tags: admission price; change in owner; company; manager
  37. J. Marcus Leases Theaters Operated by Amusement Co. - May Open Another Picture Show on Front Street - Deal Effective January 1
    Wilmington Star - 12/25/1923
    Tags: company; manager; proposed theater; storefront theaters
  38. Bain to Manage Victoria Theatre
    Wilmington News Dispatch - 6/5/1925
    Tags: company; manager
  39. Modern Day Picture - Bijou
    Wilmington Star - 1/2/1927
    Tags: admission price; film title; manager; organ; religious films; tent; ventilation
  40. Reproducer Pipe Organ and Piano Placed in Bijou
    Wilmington Star - 11/26/1927
    Tags: manager; music; organ
  41. Bijou Talking Film Received - distribution
    Wilmington News Dispatch - 4/17/1929
    Tags: distribution; film title; sound films
  42. 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
  43. Sulke Buys In Theatre Sites
    Wilmington News - 3/12/1933
    Tags: change in owner
  44. Four Theatre Sites Advertised For Sale
    Wilmington News - 4/13/1933
    Tags: closing
  45. Trustee To Sell Theater Sites
    Wilmington Star - 4/13/1933
    Tags: closing
  46. Howard & Wells Sue J.M. Sulke
    Wilmington Star - 8/2/1933
    Tags: company; licensing; manager; notable
  47. Howard Funeral Tuesday Morning - company
    Wilmington News - 3/7/1938
    Tags: company; manager


  1. Old Bijou Theatre
    unknown publication