Maplewood, the Suburban Theater District

In the first half of the twentieth century Maplewood provided entertainment for thousands of theater goers.

OK, you’ve had a long day at work.  You’re hot, tired and the crowded, polluted city is getting on your nerves.  You need a break so what can you do?  You can choose the balm that a large number of your fellow city dwellers regularly do.  That is head out to Maplewood that leafy, shaded, cool suburb that’s only a nickel ride away on the electric car line.  After all it’s late summer in the year 1914 and there’s a lot going on in Maplewood entertainment wise.

Let’s see you went to the Powhatan Air Dome on Sutton last week.  The visit before that was to the Maplewood Theater at 7320 Manchester.  Nice place but all inside.  Hey what about that new place that opened at Roseland Terrace and Manchester.  It has an odd name, The Hippodrome, but it seats 2500 people on the roof.  The Powhatan can only hold 1500 in the Air Dome which is outside right next to the building.

Better check the listings before you make your decision.  There are a lot of choices amongst the many movies and vaudeville shows available.  You can read the listings in the paper on the way out.  You won’t have to wait long for a ride.  After all a suburban trolley car leaves from downtown every seven minutes.  How else could all those thousands of people get out there and back so conveniently?  Have a great time.

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