Historical Community Theater

NOW HOME TO THE THRIVING WAGNALLS COMMUNITY THEATER, THIS HISTORIC AUDITORIUM HAS ITS OWN STORY TO TELL.

A Community Theater Filled With History

Pictures of the first Board of Trustees are displayed here along with Dunsmore’s portrait of Mabel Wagnalls Jones. Another of his paintings, “The Rosebush of a Thousand Years,” hangs over the stairway to the Banquet Hall. It was based on a monastery garden at Hildesheim, Germany, and the painting itself is an illustration of Mabel’s book of the same name. Under it is a bronze tablet naming the first officers, the first Board of Trustees, and the principal workmen who completed the construction of the Memorial. Other Dunsmore paintings, including his self-portrait, are exhibited in this area as well.

A Community Theater Filled With Drama

The auditorium, originally seating over 420 people, now seats approximately 300 due to the expansion of the stage. On the walls are a collection of photographs and letters that famous individuals of the day sent to their friend, Mabel. The only one who remains widely recognized today is Harry Houdini, whose photo and letter are located near the auditorium foyer door. Lift the wooden seats to see the special rack designed to store top hats! A projection booth is in the rear of the room.

A Community Theater Filled With Drama

The auditorium, originally seating over 420 people, now seats approximately 300 due to the expansion of the stage. On the walls are a collection of photographs and letters that famous individuals of the day sent to their friend, Mabel. The only one who remains widely recognized today is Harry Houdini, whose photo and letter are located near the auditorium foyer door. Lift the wooden seats to see the special rack designed to store top hats! A projection booth is in the rear of the room.