OUR HISTORY

The Meroney Theater has a special place in the hearts and history of Rowan County and its residents. The name Meroney has long been associated with entertainment in Salisbury. On November 20, 2005, the building built by Dr. Leroy Meroney and his sister Miss Lena Meroney turned 100 years old.  Built in 1905, at the cost of $75,000, Dr. Meroney built a house that was supposed to seat 1000 patrons. Today we don't see how that was possible, since the chamber seats 361 patrons. In those early days Salisbury was on the railway line that serviced communities from New York to Atlanta.  Salisbury, having aspirations to be a cultural community, lured touring companies to town. They had to bring in the 1000 patrons to be able to attract the popular acts traveling the circuit through Salisbury on the railway. Some of the acts included the Sarah Bernhardt, and John Phillip Sousa.  As the nickelodeon became popular, The Bijou became Salisburys first movie house in one of the storefronts of the Meroney Theater. Such began a new era for the Meroney Theater.  After the Meroney family sold the theatre in 1911 to Mr. Marsh, it became known as the Grubb Theater".  In 1915, the Beard family purchased the property at public auction and it became exclusively as movie house know as the Strand Theater. Local residents today may remember it as the Center Theater, where residents continued to attend movies until 1989, when Die Hard was the final movie shown in the theater.  The building then lay in ruin for two more years. Hurricane Hugo had destroyed the roof and cats had made the structure their sanctuary. Piedmont Players Theatre had the vision and public financial support to save the building, to return the original name of Meroney Theater, and to bring back live theatrical performances to its stage.

Piedmont Players purchased The Meroney Theater in 1992 and spent three years and $1.8 million renovating the theater to what you see today. The renovated Meroney Theater reopened to public with our performance of Jesus Christ Superstar October 19, 1995. Since the initial opening our renovations have continued. In 2002, an elevator and new facade were completed. In 2003, we expanded the shop area, enclosed the green room and added a handicap accessibility to the shop area.  

On May 20, 2010 the NEW Norvell Theater opened with the youth production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Over sixty young people were involved in making this Old Testament story, retold with a modern musical twist by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, a reality.  The Norvell Theater has established a new era of youth theatre for Piedmont Players.  Students are involved in every aspect of the production, from ushering and concessions to backstage.  Even the orchestra is comprised of student musicians!  The 2010-2011 flagship season at the Norvell included 2 SOLD OUT musicals and 3 'straight plays.'

We appreciate the continued support of the community. And, if you see an empty seat nearby that means one of your friends or co-workers has not heard about how great our theatre is. Please help us spread the word.

213 South Main Street | Salisbury, NC | (704) 633-5471

STAFF
Resident Director/Designer -   Reid Leonard, director@piedmontplayers.com
Marketing Director/Operations -  Josh Wainright, md@piedmontplayers.com
Business Manager - Anne Maxey, bm@piedmontplayers.com
Box Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator - Cam Beard Hall, boxoffice@piedmontplayers.commailto:director@piedmontplayers.commailto:md@piedmontplayers.commailto:bm@piedmontplayers.commailto:boxoffice@piedmontplayers.comshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3
Board of Governors
Edward Norvell     |     Cliff Sorel     |     Tracy Alewine    |      Eric Slipp      |   Tim Proper  
Andrea Anders    |   Traci Williams   |    Donna Barnes    |    Meg Dees  |  Jill Jones  |  Aicha Kahia
Mark Jennings  |  Dr. Sarah Hensley     |  Camille Robinette    |    Andy Abramson

Piedmont Players Theatre, Inc.

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 762, Salisbury, NC 28145

Meroney Theater & Offices:  213 South Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144

Norvell Theater - Youth Theater:  135 East Fisher Street, Salisbury, NC 28144

Telephone: (704) 633-5471  |  Toll Free:  (844) 788-0768   |  Fax: (704) 633-4653