Oscar Wilde In America


DETAiled verification of Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of North America

Montgomery

Alabama


McDonald’s Opera House

Thursday, June 29, 1882


The Decorative Arts

Verification

Newspaper reports

The Times-Democrat (New Orleans, LA), June 30, 1882

The Montgomery Advertiser, June 30, 1882


Newspaper advertisement

Montgomery Daily Advertiser, June 29, 1882, 4

The illustration of Wilde is taken from The Kelly Sketch.

Venue


McDonald’s Opera House

214 Bibb Street, Montgomery, AL


Built: 1881 (Prof. George Freeman McDonald)

Opened: October 26, 1881

Seating capacity: 1000

Name changed: 1905, Bijou Theatre (Jake Wells, lessee)

Name changed: 1909, Majestic (vaudeville house)

Later: Various retail outlets

Destroyed (fire): June 4, 1927 (as Frank Tennille Furniture Company)

Accommodation


It is likely that Wilde stayed overnight in Montgomery, but no record of his stay has been found.

Ephemera


 WILDE ATTENDS THE DANCE


Newspaper report

The Montgomery Advertiser, June 30, 1882

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