Friday, December 2, 2011
The Academy of Music
Following the fire, Scranton was without a theater until the Academy of Music opened on January 2, 1877. The new theater was located on Wyoming Avenue, across from St. Luke’s church, on land that had belonged to James T. Blair, the head of a stock company, which financed its construction at a cost of $40,000. It adhered to Victorian standards of elegance with plush velvet chairs and a hand painted drop curtain with bold battlements, winding river, luxuriant forest, and deep blue sky.