DuPont Hospitality (a unit of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company)

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The DuPont Theatre, originally the Playhouse Theatre, was incoporated as The Play House Company on April 17, 1913, by John J. Raskob, Pierre S. du Pont and R.R.M. Carpenter. The object was to provide a first-class entertainment venue in Wilmington, Del. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was in the midst of a transition from a traditional explosives manufacturer run from a domestic-scaled office on the works site to an international chemical company with a new, modern corporate headquarters in the center of town. To serve the growing number of executives, researchers and important visitors, the office building already included a first-class hotel and restaurants. Adding a theater to the building complex bundled work and relaxation on a one-block site. By providing a modern venue, the company hoped to offer first-class entertainment by having Broadway shows hold their tryouts in Wilmington, as they traditionally had done in New Haven and Philadelphia, as well as attracting top tier touring companies. The Playhouse opened on Oct. 15, 1913.

The company leased the operation of the theater to a series of professional impressarios: William A. Brady (1913-1918), the Majestic Theatre Company (1918-1921), Earle G. Finney (1921-1926), and the Shubert Organization (1926-1930), the last operating it as the Shubert Playhouse. They were succeeded by Raymond N. Harris of Penns Grove, N.J. (1930-1946), after which the DuPont Company decided to operate the theatre with its own employees. In February 2003 it was renamed the DuPont Theatre, at which time the managements of the theater, the Hotel du Pont and the Du Pont Country Club were bundled as DuPont Hospitality.

From the description of Records of the DuPont Theatre, 1919-2001 (bulk, 1975-1995). (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 725345850

Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Aaron, Caroline. person
associatedWith Allen, Domenick. person
associatedWith Allen, Nancy, 1950 June 24- person
associatedWith Anglim, Philip. person
associatedWith Anton, Susan. person
associatedWith Buckley, Betty. person
associatedWith Carlin, George. person
associatedWith Carroll, Ronn. person
associatedWith Carter, Nell. person
associatedWith Channing, Carol. person
associatedWith Chenoweth, Kristin. person
associatedWith Cioffi, Charles, 1935- person
associatedWith Collins, Judy, 1939- person
associatedWith Conway, Tim. person
associatedWith Cooper, Marilyn. person
associatedWith Crosby, Kathryn, 1933- person
associatedWith Cuccioli, Robert. person
associatedWith Davidson, John, 1941- person
associatedWith Dewhurst, Colleen. person
associatedWith DuPont Theatre (Wilmington, Del.) corporateBody
associatedWith Durning, Charles, 1923- person
associatedWith Eder, Linda. person
associatedWith Gardenia, Vincent. person
associatedWith Gaynor, Mitzi, 1931- person
associatedWith Gibson, Deborah, 1970- person
associatedWith Glover, Savion. person
associatedWith Goodman, Dody. person
associatedWith Gordon, Jeff, 1971- person
associatedWith Goulet, Robert, 1933-2007. person
associatedWith Harris, Julie, 1925- person
associatedWith Hartley, Mariette. person
associatedWith Hines, Maurice. person
associatedWith Holgate, Ron. person
associatedWith Holliday, Polly, 1937- person
associatedWith Holmes, Rupert. person
associatedWith Keach, Stacy. person
associatedWith Kelly, Nancy, 1921-1995. person
associatedWith Kercheval, Ken. person
associatedWith Kidder, Margot. person
associatedWith Klugman, Jack. person
associatedWith Lloyd Webber, Andrew, 1948- person
associatedWith Luft, Lorna. person
associatedWith Maltby, Richard, 1937- person
associatedWith Mapa, Alec. person
associatedWith Marshall, E. G., 1914-1998. person
associatedWith Mascolo, Joseph, 1929- person
associatedWith Maxwell, Roberta, 1942- person
associatedWith McArdle, Andrea. person
associatedWith McDowall, Roddy. person
associatedWith Miller, Ann, 1923-2004. person
associatedWith Morse, Robert, 1931- person
associatedWith Neeley, Ted. person
associatedWith Nelson, Barry, 1920-2007. person
associatedWith Nelson, Mark. person
associatedWith Nemetz, Lenora. person
associatedWith Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993. person
associatedWith Payne, Freda. person
associatedWith Peters, Bernadette. person
associatedWith Peters, Brock. person
associatedWith Play House Company (Wilmington, Del.) corporateBody
associatedWith Playhouse Theatre (Wilmington, Del.) corporateBody
associatedWith Plummer, Christopher. person
associatedWith Poston, Tom. person
associatedWith Provenza, Paul. person
associatedWith Raines, Ron. person
associatedWith Rapp, Anthony. person
associatedWith Reynolds, Debbie. person
associatedWith Rigby, Cathy, 1952- person
associatedWith Rivera, Chita. person
associatedWith Robertson, Liz. person
associatedWith Rockettes (Dance company) corporateBody
associatedWith Rooney, Mickey. person
associatedWith Sandy, Gary. person
associatedWith Schuck, John, 1940- person
associatedWith Shire, David. person
associatedWith Stapleton, Jean, 1923- person
associatedWith Storch, Larry. person
associatedWith Stroman, Susan. person
associatedWith Strudwick, Shepperd, 1907-1983. person
associatedWith Struthers, Sally. person
associatedWith Swit, Loretta. person
associatedWith Tune, Tommy. person
associatedWith Turner, Kathleen, 1954- person
associatedWith Uggams, Leslie. person
associatedWith Uhry, Alfred. person
associatedWith Valentine, Karen, 1947- person
associatedWith Wagner, Chuck. person
associatedWith Wong, B. D. person
associatedWith Zmed, Adrian. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Delaware--Wilmington
Subject
Advertising--Theater
Dance
Theaters--Marketing
Theater
Theater--Reviews
Drama
Musicals
Occupation
Activity

Corporate Body

Active 1919

Active 2001

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