Built in Ahoskie in 1906 as a storefront community theater referred to as a “nickelodeon,” the building now known as the Gallery Theatre expanded by 1918 to accommodate the growing popularity of movies and railroad circuit performers including dog acts, jugglers and comedians. In 1928, the space was expanded and reopened as the New Richard Theatre, which featured a pipe organ that provided the soundtrack to still-silent films. Live performances continued and as “talking pictures” came along, a sound system was installed. The theater’s modern rebirth began in 1965 with volunteer- produced plays, art exhibitions and other cultural events, and continued with a complete modernization of the structure in 1988. Today, the theater hosts four Gallery-produced shows each season along with a five-week youth summer workshop that gives participants training in acting, music, dance, choreography, stage management and other components of producing a stage show.
The Gallery Theatre’s fall season includes The Ghost in the Meadow, Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. For details on this and other productions, visit http://www.gallerytheatre.org/index.html.
The Performing Arts in North Carolina website is your guide to music, dance and theater artists and organizations across our state. Learn more by visiting http://www.ncartstrails.org/Default.aspx?alias=www.ncartstrails.org/performingarts.