Nestled on the southern shore of Lake Wesserunsett in Madison, Maine, Lakewood Theatre is the oldest continuously-running summer theatre in the country. It began as a vaudeville playhouse in a rather ramshackle 'trolley park' at the end of the Skowhegan-Madison-Lakewood trolley line in the late 1890s, and evolved into what was known as "Broadway in Maine" by the mid-1920s.
For this [long-read] blog post, I've excerpted the first half of the Introduction to my book, Images of America: Lakewood Theatre (Arcadia, 2017), which gives the overview of the entire history of the Lakewood Theatre Colony, from the late 1800s to the present day. (Part II forthcoming in the next couple of weeks. . .) You'll also get a sneak peek at a few of the vintage images from the book. . .Read More