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Thalian Hall celebrates 150th anniversary

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WILMINGTON -- Wilmington's Thalian Hall is one of only a handful of theaters in the United States built before the civil war. This year marks its 150th anniversary. Thalian Hall opened in 1858. Thousand of performers have stood on Thalian's stage, from Buffalo Billy Cody in 1875 to the Dixie Chicks in 1998. Plays, concerts and memorial services have used the theater. For some people the beauty of the theater is just as impressive as the events. Wilmington resident Beth Pancoe said, "My most favorite memory and earliest is actually the day that I came in to my first performance and saw the proscenium and the entire theater." Thalian Hall Director Tony Rivenbark says Thalian is also getting a new theater. It will be located at the corner of Fourth and Princess Streets. It should be finished by March of 2010. Once that theater is built renovations will start on the main stage of Thalian Hall.

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