ASSEMBLY HALL 263 Main
     

The ASSEMBLY HALL is listed in the 1870 through 1877 Memphis Directories at 263 Main.  Seating capacity - 500.  Manager:  James Sutton

The location of the Assembly Hall was on the opposite side of the street  from  where the old Auditorium ( Bijou) was located.  It was a few doors south of Main/Beale.

 

Below is a very rare 1873 Program for a concert at the Assembly Hall.  This Concert was originally scheduled for the Grand Opera House (Greenlaw Opera House) but was shifted to the Assembly Hall.  On the program, "Grand Opera House" is crossed out and "Assembly Hall" is printed above.  This obviously was a last minute change.  The Opera House had been undergoing extensive renovations in 1872 and probably wasn't ready to re-open by January of 1873.  (The program files are very large.  Please be patient while they Load).

 

1873 Program

1873 Program

1873 Program

Ole Bull Graziella Ridgeway

Signor Feranti

 



Featured in this concert were famous Norwegian violinist-composer Ole Bull, Soprano Graziella Ridgeway, tenor-baritone Signor Feranti, and pianist-composer-conductor Joseph Hart Denck.  Ole Bull was world famous and had toured the US on several occasions, becoming enormously wealthy.  During an 1870 tour when he was 60, he had married a 20 year old American.  They maintained a summer home in Maine and another home in Norway.

 

Joseph Hart Denck

 

The Assembly Hall may have been built or remodeled in 1869 because there are theatre ads that year for the "NEW Assembly Hall".  The hall apparently was quite popular because there are many ads and reviews through 1877.  Because seating capacity was only 500 it would not have been able to handle the major touring productions.

 

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