Thursday, December 1, 2011

Theater on the back cover - The Frothingham

The Frothingham was the perfect, lavish setting for a new type musical just coming into vogue. While integration of music, lyric, dance and dialogue advance the modern musical to a logical climax, in the 1890s terpsichore and melody intermingled freely in a thin-of-plot drama designed to display the specific talent of a featured artist.

The Frothingham was designed and constructed by its owner, Arthur Frothingham, based on a Moorish theme. Onion-shaped minarets flanked the entrance to a shop-filled Arcade that led from Wyoming Avenue to a courtyard where the theater was located. The interior was an imitation of Spain’s Alhambra Palace. Delicate fret work circled the proscenium arch and boxes. Rich terra cotta colored velvet drapes enclosed the boxes which were supplied, for comfort, with large parlor-type chairs. On March 22, 1894, they were auctioned off. The first went to George B. Smith of Dunmore for $50. Frothingham, himself, took only a modest loge.

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