Theatrical Heartscape 1984
Artist: Jim Mattingly
Mural on Back of Elsinore Theatre
Mattingly's proposed work, Theatrical Heartscape, was chosen and in the summer of 1984 he went to work. His idea was to "Enrich and beautify the wall facing a major access route into Salem." Professor Mattingly chose "... universal figures from vaudeville, early theater and film." We can still recognize W.C. Fields, Theda Bara, Marlene Dietrich, and Charlie Chaplin. The mural, of course, has become a beloved landmark for most of Salem ...seen daily as we go about our business... but was slowly fading away.