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Name Folsom Opera House
Number of Archive records 20.0
Number of Library records 0.0
Number of Object records 0.0
Number of Photo records 18.0
Details South Main Street

1861: constructed after fire of 1860

Tenants included the Laconia Savings Bank and People's National Bank in the first floor

Associated Records

Image of H2010.0281.0001 - Handbill

H2010.0281.0001 - Handbill

Handbill, black printing. "Above the Clouds, Or, Reunited at Last. The above popular drama in three acts will be given by the Excelsior Dramatic Club, at Folsom Opera House, on Thursday Evening, Aug. 4th. Cast of Characters: Philip Ringold..... S.H. Martin Alfred Thorp...... C.A. Harvell Amos Gaylord.... F.A. Young Howard Gaylord.... WJB Johnston Titus Turtle.... A.W. Putnam Curtis CHipman.... A.W. Putnam Nat Naylor... F.A. Young Grace Ingalls.... Miss Clara A. Whitney Hester Thorne... Miss Nellie A. Schoffe Susie Gaylord... Miss Mamie L. Davis Lucretia Gerrish... Miss Emma A. Burbank The club wishes to express their sincere thanks to the public for past patronage,

Image of H2010.0281.0002 - Handbill

H2010.0281.0002 - Handbill

Handbill, black printing. "Folsom Opera House, Laconia, Thursday Eve., Feb. 18, 1886. Dramatic Entertainment under the auspices of the Young Folks' Social Union, assisted by members of the Laconia Dramatic Club. Program: Overture... Orchestra Impersonation of Miss Maloney who speaks on the Chinese question... Miss Merrill Music.... Orchestra The Flower of the Family (a comedy in three acts) Cast of Characters: Abner Howland, a merchant... Mr. Albert C. Moore Oscar Loring, his ward.... Mr. Walter Wiggin Tom Howland, his nephew... Mr. Perce F. Parker Policy Newcomb, an insurance agent... Mr. Fred W. Story Spicer Spofford, clerk in an insurance company... Mr. Geo. R.

Image of H2010.0281.0003 - Handbill

H2010.0281.0003 - Handbill

Handbill, black printing. "The Laconia Dramatic Club! at Folsom's Hall! on Friday Eve., Oct. 11, 1867, will present for their second entertainment the Comedy entitled The Dowager! Lord Alfred Lindsay.... H.F. Moulton Sir Frederick Chasemore.... W.F. Knight Edgar Beauchamp... James Nichols servents...... The Dowager, Countess of Tresilian.... Miss Nellie McDougal Lady Bloomer.... Miss Ida Moulton Margaret.... Belle F. Ranlet. And to conclude with a farce entitled The Rough Diamond! Lord Plato... L. E. Lindsay Sir William Evergreen.... Fred H. Wilson Capt. Blenheim... Geo. B. Lane Cousin Joe... H. F. Moulton servents...... Lady Plato, Miss Emma Tilton Margery...

Image of H2010.0281.0004 - Handbill

H2010.0281.0004 - Handbill

Handbill, black printing. "Dramatic Entertainment. at Folsom's Hall on Tuesday Eve, Jan. 26th, 1875, will be presented the Drama in three acts, entitled, Time and The Hour with teh following cast of characters: Mr. HF Moulton as ... Sir Philip Deverell Mr. Dennis O'Shea... Medlicott (a bill discounter) Mr. FP Holt... Sparrow (Franklin's clerk) Mr. JA Mitchell... George Aylmer Mr. LE Lindsay... J. Montgomery Brown Mr. WF Knight... Franklin (a banker) Mr. Clarence Eastman... Charles Franklin (his son) Mrs. F.H. Champlin... Mrs. Montgomery Brown Mrs. Helen Eastman... Marion Beck Mrs. WF Knight... Lucy Fairfax (Franklin's niece) To conclude with the laughable farce entitl

Image of H2010.0281.0005 - Handbill

H2010.0281.0005 - Handbill

Handbill, black printing. "THEATER Folsom Hall Friday Evening, June 30, 1876, The Laconia Dramatic Club! Time and The Hour cast of characters: Sir Philip Deverell.... H Frank Moulton Medlicott ... D. O'Shea Sparrow.... M.M. Robinson Geo. Aylmer... JA Mitchell Montgomery Brown... Llyod E. Lindsay Mr. Franklin.... WF Knight Charles Franklin... C. Eastman Mrs. Montgomery Brown... Mrs. F.H. Champlin Marion Beck... Mrs. Helen Eastman Lucy Fairfax... Miss Abbie Ranlet Duchess of Dublin. Cast of Characters: Dr. Adam Aconite... Henry Story Frank Friskey... JA Mitchell Oliver Oldback.. Geo. R. Somes Silas Sharpset... FH Champlin Dennis Doolan... OL Andrews Peter Plumpf

Image of H2010.0281.0006 - Handbill

H2010.0281.0006 - Handbill

Handbill, black printing. "At Folsom Hall Laconia Friday Eve., Jan. 12, 1877 The Laconia Dramatic Club! will present the great sensation Under the Gaslight!" Cast included Dennis O'Shea H. Frank Moulton George R. Somes Henry Story Clarence Eastman George B. Lane M. M. Robinson Frank H. Champlin TOmmy O'shea Frank W. Story John A. Mitchell W.C. Sherman J. W. Pitman Eddie Somes George R. Leavitt Abbie S. Ranlet Mrs. Clarence Champlin Mrs. F.R. Gammom Idella Bean Jessie Cook Music by Hunkins and Son's Orchestra For sale at WF Knight and Co. FO Hunt & Co Printers, 97 Main Street.

Image of H2010.0281.0007 - Handbill

H2010.0281.0007 - Handbill

Handbill, black printing. "Folsom Hall One Night Only Friday Eve., April 19, 1878 The Laconia Dramatic Club! will present for the first time, the thrilling drama, in a prologue and four acts, of The Streets of New York!" Cast included John O'Shea Jr. Mark M. Robinson H. Frank Moulton Dennis O'Shea J. Henry Story Jas. A. Ellis Fred W. Story Alex. S. Young George Edward Stevens Idella J. Bean Mrs. S.M.S. Moulton Nellie Whicher Abbie S. Ranlet "The prologue occurs during the commercial panic of 1837. The remainder of the drama takes place during the panic of 1857." Music by Story's Orchestra For sale at WF Knight and Co. Truland Printers, 126 Main Street.

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H2010.0281.0008 - Handbill

Handbill, black printing. "The Laconia Dramatic Club! will present for their first entertainment at Folsom's Hall on Thursday Eve., Aug. 22, the popular comedy entitled 'The Serious Family.'" Cast included J. Willis Lane Frank Moulton George R. Somes George B. Lane Lloyd E. Lindsay Emma Tilton Miss Georgia Stevens Miss Nellie McDougal Miss Bell F. Ranlett Miss Ella S. Stevens The entertainment concludes with a farce "A Regular Fix" with cast: Frank Moulton George B. Lane Mrs. WF Knight James Nichols L. E. Lindsay Georgia Stevens Carrie Coburn Ida Moulton Music furnished by J. S. Hunkins Democrat Press, Laconia, NH

Image of H2010.0281.0009 - Handbill

H2010.0281.0009 - Handbill

Handbill, black printing on yellow paper. "Y.P.U. Officers D.S. Dinsmoor, President Geo. L. Mead, Secretary Wm. F. Knight, Treasurer Board of Managers FP Holt C. Eastman CA Busiel Mrs. Geo. W. Weeks Miss Abbie S. Ranlet Department of Drama HF Moulton Dennis O'Shea Mrs. C. Eastman Mrs. WF Knight C. Eastman, Stage Manager J.S. Hunkins, Musical Director F.H. Champlin, Scenic Artist Folsom Hall, Thursday Evening, April 1st, 1875 Tickets can be procured of the Treasurer after 9am Tuesday, the 30th." Play's include: "The Lady of Lyons" with cast: Frank Moulton, FR Gammon Dennis O'Shea FP Holt WF Knight JA Mitchell John O'Shea Gus. Mitchell MM Robins

Image of H2010.0281.0010 - Handbill

H2010.0281.0010 - Handbill

Handbill, black printing on yellow paper. "Y.P.U. Officers D.S. Dinsmoor, President Geo. L. Mead, Secretary Wm. F. Knight, Treasurer Board of Managers FP Holt C. Eastman CA Busiel Mrs. G. W. Weeks Miss A. S. Ranlet Committee on Theatricals: HF Moulton Dennis O'Shea Mrs. C. Eastman Mrs. WF Knight C. Eastman, Stage Manager F.H. Champlin, Scenic Artist Folsom Hall, Thursday Evening, August 27th, 1875 Tickets can be procured of the Treasurer after 9am Tuesday, the 30th." Play's include: "The Lady of Lyons" with cast: Frank Moulton, R Gammon Dennis O'Shea FP Holt WF Knight JA Mitchell John O'Shea Gus. Mitchell MM Robinson GR Leavitt Mrs. C. Eastma

Image of H2010.0281.0011 - Program

H2010.0281.0011 - Program

Theater program printed on pink paper. "The Laconia Dramatic Club at Folsom Hall, Laconia. on Tuesday Evening, April 19th, 1881 'The Skeleton Witness' with new scenery by O.L. Andrews The entertainment will commence wiht teh Laughable Farce entitled 'Betsey Baker' or 'Too Attentive by Half'" Cast: Fred W. Story John O'Shea Jr. Miss I. J. Bean Mrs. S.M.S. Moulton "The Skeleton Witness" cast: J. Henry Story Charles W. Whitton Albert C. Moore Fred W. Story M. B. Plummer Frank H. Champlin Dennis O'Shea John W. Ashman John B. Jewett P. E. Boyle Frank S. Mead Miss Nellie Whitcher Mrs. S.M.S. Moulton Miss Jennie Mead Miss Jessie Cook Music furnished by Story'

Image of H2010.0281.0012 - Card, Trade

H2010.0281.0012 - Card, Trade

Trade card for the Laconia Dramatic Club advertising the theatrical play "Comrades" to be performed at the Folsom Opera House, Tuesday Eve, Jan. 11, 1887. Cast includes: George R. Leavitt Albert C. Moore Walter Wiggin Fred W. Story Miss Nellie Whicher Miss Annie Leavitt Miss Nan H. Little Printed by Democrat Press.

Image of H2010.0281.0013 - Program

H2010.0281.0013 - Program

Theater program/ booklet with image of an easel on the cover with two paintings attached- one a ship and one a burning ship sinking. "The Laconia Dramatic Club" (includes a small article about the club and its history) at Folsom Opera House, April 14, 1887. (FD Ellis manager) doing "Nevada" Cast Includes: AC Moore MB Plummer GR Leavitt FGH Osgood FW Story WS Wiggin FE Lincoln BF Story Miss Nellie Whicher Miss Jessie L. Phelps Miss Nan H. Little Advertisers include: W. Boyle Jr. & Co.- confectionary, cigars, tobacco, newspapers Story's Drug Store Johnson Bookstore, prop. JF Harriman, 82 Main St Sanders Bros. stoves and refrigerators, 108 Main St Melcher & Prescott

Image of H2012.0004.0012B - Ticket

H2012.0004.0012B - Ticket

Item is a ticket for admission to the reception for the graduation of Laconia High School's class of 1897 taking place Friday, June 25, 1897 at the Folsom Opera House. It is a small card with green writing and secures admission for one.

Image of H2012.0004.0018 - Card, Autograph

H2012.0004.0018 - Card, Autograph

Item is a dance card for a reception for the Laconia High School Class of 1897 taking place at the Folsom's Opera House on Friday, June 25, 1897. The front cover features the title and information in green lettering as well as some scroll detail. Inside features a list of dances with spaces by them to write in partners' names. Several spaces have been filled in with initials. The back cover lists class officer names. There is are small white cord with a tiny pencil tied to it attached to the dance card.

Image of L1990.0002.A.0022 - Program

L1990.0002.A.0022 - Program

This is a one page program for the event held at the Folsom Opera House located on Main Street in Laconia on February 20, 1874. On the page is stated : "Programme of Entertainment at Folsom Hall, Friday Evening, Feb. 20, 1874. " It also lists the sections of the first part including introductory, music and tableaus. This is followed by a list of the "Scene for A Photograph" containing the sections and their cast members , including Miss Julia Tilton, Miss Julia Busiel, F.R. Gammon, Mrs. Weeks, Miss Gertie Swain, and Jack Horner. Then is the second part containing tableaus and a song by Miss E.W. Pitman. This is followed by "Farce" and its sections including tableaus and characters as well

Image of L1994.0008.B.0009 - Program

L1994.0008.B.0009 - Program

This is a one page program for the John L. Perley Jr. , Post of Grand Army of the Rapublic (G.A.R.) Memorial Services at the Folsom Opera House, located on Main Street in Laconia, on the evening of May 30, 1883. On the program is printed " John L. Perley, Jr., Post, No. 87, G.A.R., Department of New Hampshire. Memorial Services at Folsom Hall, Laconia on the Evening of Memorial Day" ( written here in pencil is " May 30, 1883"). There is then an emblem for the Grand Army of the Republic. Following this is the Programme including : Acted charade Prayer - Chaplain Wilkins Address - E.P. Jewell, Esq. Song - Miss Jennie P. Mead Poem - R.S. Lewis, Esq. Song - Mrs. O. M. Prescott Addre

Image of L1994.0008.B.0008 - Program

L1994.0008.B.0008 - Program

This is a one page program for the John L. Perley Jr. , Post of Grand Army of the Rapublic (G.A.R.) and Ladies' Relief Corps, No. 1 Memorial Services at the Folsom Opera House, located on Main Street in Laconia, on the evening of May 30, 1882. On the program is printed : " Literary & Musical Entertainment!, A grand musical and literary entertainment will be given by John L. Perley, Jr., Post 37, G.A.R. and Ladies' Relief Corps, No. 1 at Folsom Hall, Laconia! on Tuesday Evening, May 30, 1882." Then is listed the Programme including : Quarette Opening Adddress - Miss Susie Tilton Quarette Poem - Col. D.S. Dinsmoor Song - Miss Jennie Mead Speaking Quarette Select Reading - Miss Winn

Image of L1994.0008.B.0012 - Program

L1994.0008.B.0012 - Program

This one page program describes the Dime Entertainment at the Folsom Opera House located on Main Street in Laconia, on December 9, 1879. The one page program is printed with the following information: "M.B.B.C. Entertainment, The Mutual Base Ball Club will give a Dime Entertainment at Folsom Hall, Laconia, Tuesday Ev'ng, Dec. 9, '79. Programme: Overture - A. Herman "The National Game" - Thomas O'Shea Solo - Mr. Chas. Wallace Piano Duet - Misses Mead and Blair Declamation - Mr. H. O. Burleigh Song - Miss Lutie Osgood Overture - A. Herman "Seeing the Elephant"/Characters by the Club Galop - C. Faust Song (by request) - Mr. Peter Cash Song - Mamie Davis Recitation - Nason Young

Image of L2011.0062.0001 - Program

L2011.0062.0001 - Program

This is a cardstock program for the presentation of "Shoemakers' Bal Masque" at the Folsom Opera House in Laconia on April 13, 1887. The outer cover consist of two pieces of cardstock with an attached tiny pencil on a string. The cover is a color print of a woman wearing a long blue and white dress and blue and pink hat with a feather in it. She is wearing a mask over her eyes. She is seated on a yellow ribbon strung between the masks of comedy and tragedy. There are white and pink flowers along the left and right of the print. The back cover has a color design of green with leaves and a gold border. Inside on the first page states : " Shoemakers' Bal Masque, Folsom Opera House, Fast Eve,