This Wednesday, February 7, Glensheen is hosting a free “Zenith City on Tap” presentation on the history of Duluth’s grand theaters—including the NorShor.
The talk, delivered by Zenith City Press author and publisher Tony Dierckins, is titled “From Opera to Movies: Duluth’s Historic Theaters.” It begins with the Zenith City’s auspicious introduction to live “theatre” in 1868 to the 2018 renovation of the NorShor. Besides showing off city’s tradition of building architectural masterpieces to showcase local and national talent, Dierckins reaches beyond the buildings, introducing the audience to the civic leaders and downright scoundrels associated with them while explaining how opera divas gave way to Vaudeville troupes who were themselves replaced by film projectors.
Glensheen’s Zenith City On Tap series offers free hour-long presentations and Q&A sessions on Duluth’s history in the mansion’s lower recreation room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7. Local beer and wine available.