Disclosure: I received tours of these places as part of a press trip to Marietta, Ohio. All opinions are honest, my own, and may differ from yours.
If you’ve been following along with my Marietta, Ohio trip posts, you know I got to visit a lot of cool, historical places. These two fit that bill as well. I loved acting in college, and I dreamed of being an actress or a producer. Oh well, I got a couple of great kids instead. This theater made me remember those dreams. It was so beautiful and fun to hear the stories of the theatre’s past.
Peoples Bank Theatre
This is the view from the stage. I took my mark and began my soliloquy…okay, not really, but I wanted to. This theatre underwent a huge renovation just a couple of years ago, and it is gorgeous. The theatre was built in 1911 and was originally a vaudeville house. There wasn’t a big movie market back in those days….okay not at all. Later when silent movies were made, the theatre began showing them as well. You can read the full history of the Peoples Bank Theatre on their website. If you are a movie and theatre lover, you need to read it. It’s really fascinating.
The stage curtain is original to the theatre…I believe. It is very old and amazingly well-preserved for its age. I hope I look that good when I’m over 100 years old.
This is one of the original film projectors. I loved seeing it and seeing the little door where the guy who would be running the projector could sneak out of to go to the bathroom! Back in those days, he had to be running constantly back and forth between two projectors and he had to be ready to change the reels and make sure they didn’t melt either!
Isn’t this chandelier gorgeous? When I move to a castle, this is the type of chandelier I want. I’ll have to hire someone to dust for me though.
Now, Peoples Bank Theatre is more than just plays and movies. They hold so many events there! I am jealous that we don’t have this much action at our local theatre. Some of the performers they’ve had include Travis Tritt, Sandi Patty and Kathy Mattea. One of the things performers have done through the ages is autograph the walls of the dressing rooms. Check these out!
Campus Martius Museum
We had a quick stop at this museum because we were pressed for time. Like I said, there is so much to do in Marietta, you just want to squeeze in as much as possible! The next time I head to Marietta, I’ll be sure to peruse the collection for a longer time. They change exhibits frequently, so you will always be able to find something interesting to see here.
One of the very cool things on display is one of the largest artifacts at the museum: The Rufus Putnam House. I loved looking in all of the rooms to see how people lived back then. I’ve always enjoyed seeing old houses furnished in their original state.
One of the special exhibits right now is the artwork of Lilly Martin Spencer. At the time, women were supposed to stay home, right? She had 13 kids! But with her artwork, she supported the family while her husband was a stay-at-home dad!
This is all just a touch of what you can see at Campus Martius Museum in Marietta. It is definitely worth the trip if you have the time!
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