Studio portrait of Simeon A. Schloss.
Simeon Archibald Schloss (1865-1913) was born in Virginia. He was the son of Bavarian immigrants who owned several hotels in Raleigh, Salisbury, and Wilmington, NC. Schloss worked in a number of different positions in the Wilmington area before being hired by J.M. Cronly as Assistant Manager of the Wilmington Opera House . In 1895, Schloss leased the Opera House from the City of Wilmington and became Manager. During the late 1890s, he was involved with the Theatrical Syndicate and was the main representative for North Carolina. With the support of the syndicate, Schloss developed a large chain of theaters that brought theatrical attractions to many cities throughout the state. Shows included melodramas, light comedies, minstrel shows and concerts. Schloss managed fourteen theaters and he continued to maintain the Wilmington Opera House until his death. He died in 1913 and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
Theatrical managers; Theaters
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